Woodmancote School improves in recent Ofsted report
TEACHERS and pupils are celebrating stepping up a grade at their school following a successful Ofsted inspection.
Woodmancote School has been awarded a "good" rating, after a report found the school had improved from the previous "satisfactory" grade.
Gary Tucker, headteacher of the school, said he was delighted they had made progress despite stringent new rules from the Government.
The report said pupils have made good progress through the school to reach above-average standards in their work by the time they leave in Year 6.
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"In terms of progress we have made since the last inspection in 2010, we have done really well, and worked really hard to achieve it," said Mr Tucker.
"I am really pleased with the award. We are very proud of the children, whether for Ofsted or on a week by week basis.
"They are fantastic and have achieved a great deal at a young age."
Inspectors said the school could improve on mathematics, and said the teachers at the 332-pupil school needed to improve their knowledge in the subject.
The school has since employed a mathematics specialist, deputy headteacher Duncan Degruchy, who will work with teachers on the subject.
Mr Tucker said: "We had listed in our own evaluation that we felt our weakest area was mathematics.
"We recognised that something had to be done to improve the standard in that regard."
According to the report, reading and writing were taught well, with a recent Talk for Writing programme helping children to think through and discuss ideas before committing them to paper.
"We are very proud of the members of staff and pupils and it's onwards and upwards from here," Mr Tucker said.