Calton Junior School in special measures
Calton Junior School has been placed in 'special measures' following an Ofsted inspection.
The school is now being supported by Gloucestershire County Council to tackle the weaknesses identified.
Ofsted recognised that action taken in recent months is starting to raise the quality of teaching and that the partnerships the county council has brokered with outstanding Gloucestershire schools, most recently Rowanfield Junior School, have provided strong support for Calton, including effective coaching for teachers.
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Training provided by the council for the governing body is helping them to offer greater challenge and performance management of teachers has improved, with a sharper focus on targets related to pupil progress.
Funding from the Pupil Premium has been used to establish one-to-one and small group support for the pupils who need it and, recently, to buy extra IT equipment.
While more accurate identification of pupils with special educational needs is resulting in these pupils receiving better support to make more rapid progress, Ofsted is clear that action needs to be taken to raise attainment in mathematics, reading and writing for all pupils.
Jo Grills, Director of Education and Learning at Gloucestershire County Council said: "We are continuing to give the school support to tackle the areas identified as needing further improvement by Ofsted. We are also looking into what could be done to improve the standard of education and the learning environment for primary aged pupils in the area over the longer term."
Ofsted has highlighted the need for the school to:
• Raise standards and rates of progress in mathematics, reading and writing
• Improve the quality of teaching, leadership and management
• Ensure that all lessons are at the right level for different students with more opportunities for pupils to work by themselves, in pairs and groups
• Improve marking and feedback to ensure that pupils know what they have achieved and what they can do to improve.
Rates of attendance and punctuality at the school are above average and when any bullying incidents do occur, pupils feel that the school deals with them effectively. Pupils are also polite and courteous to adults, but the school does need to do more to eliminate low level disruption in some lessons, which is restricting pupil progress.
Acting headteacher, Jane Barker-Doe, said: "Although this is very disappointing for the school, we have already taken bold actions to address the priorities. Governors, leaders and staff understand the urgency that is needed and are working hard to ensure successful outcomes for all pupils."
Chair of governors, Glen Baker, said: "The last two years have been challenging and difficult for everyone involved with the school. The governing body, along with the senior leadership team, have acted urgently to address the priorities of the school, which Ofsted have recognised.
"However, as a school, we recognise that rapid improvement must continue so that we are to demonstrate measurable impact. The governing body have worked with the senior leadership team to develop a clear and focused action plan that we will use to continue to drive the school forward and raise standards."