Anthony Bek’s headteacher thanks community

The headteacher at Anthony Bek Primary School has put a good Ofsted result down to hard work on the part of the school and the community.

And though it has maintained the same rating as the last inspection in 2009 Donna-Marie Johnson says the Plleasley school has fought a hard battle to raise standards following a dip.

Anthony Bek was praised for pupil’s progress from the foundation stage right up to the end of Year 6, providing support for those who need it and good pupil behaviour.

Said Ms Johnson: “We are extremely pleased - it could not have gone any better. Every school in this community now has a good - which is fantastic.

“We are very proud to be part of such a fantastic community.

“We have fantastic teachers in the school and we are always open to new methods and we share good practice.”

Inspectors also paid tribute in their report to the pupils’ safety at the school, Ms Johnson’s leadership and her ability to inspire staff.

Governors were praised for their consistent support as was the school’s provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

In terms of areas in need of improvement, inspectors felt the quality of teaching was not yet outstanding, so rates of progress were not consistent.

They said there were sometimes weaknesses in teachers’ questioning skills, the level of challenge in pupils’ work and the quality of marking and the provision of opportunities for pupils to assess their own work.

Inspectors pointed out that, apart from the senior staff, many leaders were new to their roles and were not yet having an impact on teaching or pupils’ achievement.

Action plans were also an area of concern and described as not consistently identifying exactly what was to be done, by when, or how much improvement was expected.

Ms Johnson said it was very difficult for inspectors to get a true picture of lessons during a two-day visit.

She added: “Our subject leaders are very new to role. They are just beginning to understand their roles and are developing them.”

The headteacher said she was now looking forwards to building on the school’s rapidly improving SATS results.

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