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Clifton Green Primary slips in Ofsted rating
A PRIMARY school in York, previously given top marks by Ofsted inspectors, has come under fire after a new inspection revealed it now needs improvement in all areas.
With about 430 pupils, Clifton Green Primary has dropped down the Ofsted ratings and is now a school that requires improvement.
After a visit last month, inspectors found that pupil achievement needs improvement with not enough children in Years 1 to 4 making the progress the school expects in English and maths.
They also said head teacher Dave Brown “does not check thoroughly enough that all teaching is good,” that teachers are not held to account for the progress pupils make, with systems to manage teachers’ performance “weak”. However, inspectors praised the vision for the school’s future.
Mr Brown said: “I am disappointed with the outcome of the inspection as there are many good things about the school, but respect the judgements made by Ofsted. I am pleased that the inspectors recognised that we have a clear vision and direction for Clifton Green.
“We will work tirelessly to provide an environment where children not only have high achievement, but also experience opportunities that enrich their lives.
“Many of the changes and improvements we have made at the school are still in their early stages and the impact of them is not fully evident at this point in time. The Ofsted report has given us some very clear areas to work on.
“We are fully focused on addressing these issues as quickly and effectively as possible. An action plan is already in place and I will be working with teachers, governors and parents to ensure we deliver our objectives.”
Under Ofsted guidelines the rating the school has been given is “requires improvement” – which replaced the previous middle band of “satisfactory” – means it is not yet a good school, but is not inadequate.
The previous head teacher Sheila Audsley, who retired in 2010, was made a CBE for services to local and national education. In 2009 the school was awarded an “outstanding” judgement by Ofsted and in 2010 received another “outstanding” from Ofsted for an English subject inspection.
Since then, pupil numbers have increased, making the school much larger than the average-sized primary. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium funding is well above the national average nationally. The pupil premium is additional funding given to schools so they can support their disadvantaged pupils.
Jill Hodges, City of York Council’s assistant director of education, said: “The council is working hard with the school and governors to secure an Ofsted judgement of “good” as quickly as possible.”
Strengths and weaknesses
Room for improvement
• Improve the quality of teaching so it is consistently good or better for all groups of pupils by ensuring lessons are planned to take account of pupils’ needs and teachers regularly check pupils’ learning during lessons.
• Make leadership and management more effective in raising achievement and attendance further by carrying out regular and rigorous checks on the quality of teaching and ensure written records of feedback to staff are shared with those observed to support their improvement
• Teachers consistently provide weekly reports to parents about their children’s learning.
• Curriculum changes are proving popular with staff, governors and pupils.
• Good relationships between staff, pupils and parents support pupils’ learning.
• Good systems for the care and support of pupils are well established.