Ofsted slams school for inadequate pupil progress and teaching that's 'not good enough'
TEACHING is 'not good enough' and pupils are making 'inadequate' progress at a primary school, according to an Ofsted report.
Burraton Community Primary School, in Saltash, has received its latest report that marked the school as inadequate in achievement of pupils and quality of teaching.
For behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership management, the school was marked as requiring improvement.
Inspection judgements are broken down into four different grades, with grade one being outstanding, grade two being good, grade three requiring improvement and grade four being inadequate.
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Burraton Community Primary School was graded overall as inadequate which means the school will receive regular monitoring by Ofsted inspectors.
The report said: "Pupils do not gain the skills in reading and mathematics that they need for the next stage of their education because teaching is not good enough.
"Pupils do not make enough progress, more-able pupils are not pushed hard enough."
Parents informed The Herald of a meeting organised by the school to discuss the report.
The meeting was held at on Monday but The Herald was told it was for parents only.
At the time of the inspection the acting headteacher, the former deputy headteacher, Lisa Tamblyn, had been in post for less than two weeks having been appointed following the recent departure of the previous headteacher, Martin Bell.
Ms Tamblyn said: "Although we are disappointed by the outcome of the report, we welcome the fact that the inspectors are convinced that the leadership of the school has the capacity to improve.
"None of us underestimate the challenging journey ahead of us; as an acting headteacher I feel energised and empowered in making some necessary changes to the leadership and management of Burraton Community Primary School.
"I am committed to pursuing the highest standards in every classroom for every child and I will be taking every possible step to move the school forward as quickly as possible."
The report also highlighted strengths at the school.
It said: "The acting headteacher understands the school's weaknesses. She is determined to improve the school, and she is backed fully by the staff and the governing body.
"Pupils feel safe and well cared for. They enjoy all aspects of school, including classroom topics and other activities such as sport and clubs which enrich the curriculum. Parents are very positive about the school."
Chair of Governors, Jayne Gorton, said: "We are at the start of a new era for the school.
"We have a knowledgeable governing body who are determined to help the school turn around and share an aspiration that the school will eventually be outstanding and will provide a challenging and enjoyable education which results in every child making excellent progress.
"Our teachers, who are a hard working and dedicated team, will be supported and guided in focused professional development in order that all lessons become good or outstanding and maximise progress for all children."
The former head of Burraton Primary School, Martin Bell, left the school and the profession after 15 years as a headteacher to go it alone with a consultancy.
Mr Bell, from Peverell, has set up a venture called HMS Learning and is looking to work with 400 British schools.