Huthwaite school ‘needs to improve’

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A Huthwaite school previously considered ‘good’ has been told it requires improvement by Ofsted.

John Davies Primary and Nursery School, on Barker Street, has been told to improve teaching and consistency of pupils’ learning.

Lead inspector David Edwards stated in the report, published in September, said: “Pupils’ achievement over time has not been consistently good.

Pupils’ progress in reading, writing and mathematics is not consistent across the school because teachers’ expectations of pupils are not always high enough. In key stage two tasks set are sometimes too easy, particularly for most-able pupils.”

He added there was not enough good or better teaching in the school and teachers do not quickly correct mistakes pupils make in their mathematics work books.

The school, on Barker Street, was inspected in July. The school’s category means it is not yet a good school but it is not inadequate and will receive a full inspection within two years.

It was considered ‘good’ at the last inspection in 2010.

The report did praise the school’s senior leaders and governing body for being committed to improving the school further, and commented the pupils’ behaviour was good.

Headteacher Robert della-Spina was confident the school would meet expectations at the next inspection.

He said: “It was a close judgement. We had twelve new members of staff and a few other issues but they have been sorted out.”

He added recent results showed a 20 per cent improvement in reading writing and mathematics.

Mr della-Spina said: “We have been working with the local authority and are in a strong position. I am really happy with the improvements we are making and they will continue over time.