‘Rapidly improving school’ scores good rating

Head Ben Tucker at Wraxall Primary School. Ofsted report gone from needs improvement to good.

Head Ben Tucker at Wraxall Primary School. Ofsted report gone from needs improvement to good. - Credit: Archant

A primary school has ‘vastly improved’ its provision and been rated good, with outstanding features, by Ofsted.

Wraxall Primary School, in Bristol Road, scored a good overall rating while management and leadership of the school and the personal development and welfare of pupils was rated outstanding.

Huge improvements have been made since the last Ofsted inspection in 2013, when the school was told it required improvement.

Headteacher Ben Tucker said: “I am delighted with our Ofsted judgement of ‘good’, with features which are ‘outstanding’ and would like to thank our community for their faith and support as we have undertaken this journey together.”

In his report, Ofsted inspector Steve Bywater said: “Wraxall Primary is a good, and rapidly improving, school with a justifiably respected place in the local community.

“Leadership and management are outstanding. The inspirational headteacher has restored staff morale following the previous inspection of two years ago, and a vastly improved provision.

“Staff and governors operate as a highly effective team. Together, they have brought about significant and sustained improvement in teaching, learning and assessment.

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“This has accelerated pupils’ progress and improved attainment across the school.

“Standards have risen rapidly since the last inspection. Pupils’ attainment was well above average by the end of year six, in 2015.

“Throughout the school, there is good achievement by all the pupils in relation to their different needs and starting points.”

Pupils’ behaviour was rated as ‘outstanding’ and teaching was found to be ‘good’.

The inspector also noted in his report how parents express a ‘very high degree of confidence and trust in the school’.

The report states the school is not yet outstanding because the standards in writing are not as high as they are in reading and maths when pupils finish school, and the standards achieved by the most able pupils are not high enough in writing in reception and key stage one.

To develop further, the school has been told it must improve the quality of teaching and pupils’ standards in writing by ensuring teachers in key stage two correct the misspelling of common words in pupils’ writing.

Teachers in reception and key stage one need to build on the skills and knowledge that children and pupils have already acquired so they can achieve better.