Outlook good for Yate school after being told to improve by Ofsted

July 31 2017

ABBOTSWOOD Primary School in Yate has been told it requires improvement after an inspection was carried out by Ofsted.

ABBOTSWOOD Primary School in Yate has been told it requires improvement after an inspection was carried out by Ofsted.

But inspectors said there was a well-targeted programme for improvement in place and they also judged the school’s early years provision to be good.

Abbotswood’s last inspection in 2012 led to an overall assessment of good.

Lead inspector Sandra Woodman said in the past year there had been considerable changes to the leadership and staffing of the school. 

But after the appointment of Sarah Willoughby as acting headteacher and the establishment of a new leadership team, the pace of improvement had increased considerably. 

Ms Woodman said: “The acting headteacher has won the confidence of staff, pupils and their parents.

“She has wasted no time in creating a culture where effective teaching and good behaviour are the expectation. She has established a well-targeted programme for improvement which is being carried out systematically. 

“Recent changes to improve the quality of teaching in English and mathematics are making a difference. Progress is increasing and a greater number of pupils are now on track to achieve at least the expected standard by the end of key stage two.

“This strengthening picture, together with a rising trend in children’s achievement in the early years, indicates that the school has the capacity for further improvement.”

The inspectors’ report said standards in English and maths at the end of key stage two at Abbotswood were below national figures in 2016. 

During their visit, they found that teachers did not consistently set work with the right level of challenge, or plan to extend pupils’ thinking effectively.

Pupils did not demonstrate consistently good skills in speaking and in their understanding of grammar and some children were inattentive in lessons. 

But early years teaching was effective and children make a positive start to school. Most pupils in key stage one made good progress and achieved in line with national figures.

 Support for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities and disadvantaged pupils was also well led and managed, while work to keep pupils safe and secure was good.