Arundel school shows improvement in Ofsted visit

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Walberton and Binsted Primary School in Arundel was judged as requiring improvement when Ofsted inspectors visited them in April.

To tackle the issue, senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to address the areas requiring improvement identified in the Ofsted report.

During the follow up inspection in October, meetings were held with the headteacher, subject leaders for English and mathematics, the early years leader, seven members of the governing body and a group of pupils, to discuss the actions taken since the last inspection.

The inspector’s report stated: “You demonstrate great commitment and an infectious enthusiasm in tackling the areas for improvement identified at your inspection in April 2015.

“A helpful timeline ensures all staff and governors know what to focus on each month and there are clear criteria for you to measure success.”

The report published on Monday also states that subject leaders for English and mathematics have a better understanding of their role because leadership meetings focus more closely on school improvement.

Other key areas of improvement highlighted by Ofsted included, a new scheme to teach letters and sounds; a mathematics challenge board to motivate pupils; and improvement in the quality of feedback to pupils.

The report stated that governors have adopted new initiatives, such as ‘children’s chat weeks’ to help them better understand pupils’ views. Governors also meet with staff to check progress towards key actions.

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