Jennett's Park Primary School told it must improve by Ofsted inspectorsBy Becky Barnes
February 11, 2013
Pupils at the borough’s newest primary school are not making good enough progress and teaching needs to be improved, according to Ofsted inspectors.
But council bosses and the headteacher of Jennett’s Park CE Primary School say the ‘requires improvement’ rating is ‘very encouraging’ following an inspection on December 5 and 6 last year.
The report said teaching at the school, which opened in Tawny Owl Square in September 2011, was ‘not consistently good’.
It said: “Teachers do not always plan activities to meet the needs of all pupils, especially the most able.
“In some lessons, teachers do not correct pupils’ misunderstandings and teaching assistants do not always help pupils learn throughout the lesson.
“Not enough pupils are making consistently good progress, especially in mathematics.”
It went on to say basic mathematical skills were not taught effectively and middle leaders do not measure shortcomings in the quality of teaching, meaning they cannot help teachers ensure all pupils make at least good progress.
Janette Karklins, director of Children, Young People and Learning at Bracknell Forest Council, said: “This first Ofsted report is very encouraging. The report highlights the welcoming and inclusive environment of the school and that pupils behave well and are well cared for.
“We are working closely with the school to implement the areas highlighted for improvements and are confident a future inspection will reflect the changes made.”
The ‘welcoming and inclusive’ school was praised as somewhere where pupils are happy, well-behaved and settle well, with parents being ‘overwhelmingly positive about all aspects of the school’s work’.
It went on: “Leaders, staff and the governing body know what they need to do to bring about rapid improvements to ensure that all pupils meet their full potential.”
Maria Soulsby, headteacher at Jennett’s Park CE Primary School, said: “We are pleased Ofsted have recognised the strong leadership of the school which has worked tirelessly to establish our new school with many strengths.
“We have already made good progress in improving the achievement of reading across the school and are confident that we are well placed to make the rapid improvements recommended by our inspection team.
“Jennett’s Park is a wonderful school, which is very positively supported by the local community. I look forward to my continued work with the children, their families, our staff and governors, the Diocese of Oxford and the Local Authority to ensure that we continue on our journey to become the best school we can be.”