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Sandy Lane Primary School is changing for the better

Published: 2 Jun 2014 14:000 comments

A PRIMARY school which was told it must improve is now on the road to recovery according to a report.

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Sandy Lane Primary was judged to have serious weaknesses and was rated as inadequate following an Ofsted inspection in November last year.

However, after a visit on April 29, a Section 8 inspection report said the Bracknell school had “worked quickly to adapt the school action plan to address the identified areas for improvement” and the school had set “challenging targets for pupil achievement at all levels”.

Following the previous inspection, the school had dropped two Ofsted grades from ‘good’ to ‘inadequate, the lowest possible rating, with the education watchdog citing its achievement of pupils and quality of teaching as inadequate. Then, its behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management were judged to be needing improvement.

However, following several new appointments, including a new deputy headteacher and Year Three teacher, the school’s future is now looking bright, say Ofsted inspectors.

The latest, follow-up report said “useful work with the local authority school improvement adviser has resulted in the development of more rigorous tracking systems to monitor pupils’ progress”, and that Key Stage One standards have risen to higher than the national average.

Progress of girls at Key Stage Two remains below target and the problem of weaker teaching at that level has not yet been overcome.

The school was told that the issue needs to be addressed quicker for Year Six pupils to reach national standards overall.

The latest inspection concluded that the school’s action plan was fit for purpose.

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