Good, but still room for improvement
A JUNIOR school in Ashford has been praised by education inspectors, but also urged to raise attainment in mathematics and writing even further.
Their verdict on Willesborough Junior School in Highfield Road, was described as “good” – previously it was judged “satisfactory” – with standards high in English, particularly reading and in science, and above average in mathematics.
Attainment in mathemat- ics and writing was rapidly improving year on year, said the Ofsted report, due to the use of specialist programmes.
The report said: “However, these programmes have not brought about the same rate of improvement when compared to reading and science.
“Standards in many other subjects, including information and communication technology, and music are above national expectations.”
It urged teachers to raise attainment in mathematics and writing by “ensuring that all pupils, particularly higher attaining pupils, are provided with tasks that are sufficiently challenging and more closely matching to their levels of ability”.
In a separate letter addressed to pupils, lead inspector Wendy Forbes wrote: “I am delighted to tell you that you go to a good school. There are many things that are super about your school.”
Inspectors also recommended pupils’ understanding be improved in the “diverse nature of British multicultural society” by making links with schools and communities that reflect this.
During their visit to the 469strong mixed pupil school, Ofsted inspectors observed 16 lessons, held meetings with governors, staff and groups of pupils; the latter who told them bullying was a rare occurrence.
“At the heart of this good school is the drive and determination of the head teacher, well supported by staff and governors, to provide the best possible education for its pupils. This it does very effectively,” says the report.
“The school is brimming with happy, hard-working, well-motivated pupils striving to achieve the best they can.”
Commenting on the report, head teacher Michael Smith said: “This excellent report is a reflection of the hard work and consistent effort of everyone in the school.
“We are very proud of this achievement as the school has improved from “satisfactory” to “good” in spite of the tougher inspection regime introduced by Ofsted in September 2009.” Head teacher Mike Smith – “This excellent report is a reflection of the hard work and consistent effort of everyone at the school”