A KING Arthurs Way school’s future looks promising after an inspector said it is taking ‘effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement.’

Knights Enham Junior School had a visit from Ofsted last month, in its first monitoring inspection since it was rated ‘requires improvement’ in July 2016.

A letter following the inspection reported the school’s senior leaders and governors were working effectively towards making the school achieve a ‘good’ ranking from the education watchdog.

The letter sent to the school read: “You [the headteacher] have taken a measured and methodical approach to addressing the recommendations made at the previous inspection.

“You have rightly made improving pupils’ outcomes across the school a high priority.

“Provisional outcomes for 2017 suggest the pupils’ progress from their various starting points has improved compared with the previous year, and is now broadly average.”

The inspector added the school had also identified that too few pupils achieved scores at greater depth while staff were found to be held to account ‘more rigorously’ for the progress pupils make.

As a result, teachers were reported to have higher expectations of what their students can achieve and pupils make more rapid progress overall.

In 2017, pupils who reached the expected standard in reading and mathematics was above national averages.

However the quality of teaching, learning and assessment was not seen to be consistently strong enough and therefore some current pupils are not making the progress they are capable of making, according to the letter.

The inspector did praise the children’s behaviour as they showed they knew and understood the school’s ‘Knights Code’.

The letter added: “They behave well in class and in the playground.

“They are polite to their teachers, and they have very positive attitudes to learning.

“One pupil said, ‘In our school, we roll up our sleeves and never give up!’”

The school’s curriculum has now been judged to be ‘appropriately broad and balanced’.

Pupils spoke of their enthusiasm for learning and enjoy a wide range of interesting clubs and visits.

The school has given reading a high profile, with the letter adding: “Pupils read every day and the bright, attractive library is used well.”

The inspector also said the school had improved the way it met the needs of disadvantaged pupils.

Last year the school was given intensive support from teaching and leadership from local authority advisors, but since September the high level of support has now been scaled down in recognition of the schools’ growing strength.

The inspector recommended the school should take further action by eliminating inconsistencies in the quality of teaching, learning and assessment by ensuring all teachers share same high expectation of pupils’ progress.