School working to tackle weaknesses raised by Ofsted


A school which was told to improve by Ofsted has taken “effective” action to do so.

Leadership, teaching and the achievements of pupils at Rusper Primary School had all been criticised following a two-day inspection in May.

But inspector Abigail Wilkinson was impressed with the changes which had been made when she carried out a monitoring visit on October 13.

Her findings were published on November 9.

In a letter to headteacher Deborah Packham, Ms Wilkinson stated: “You have taken effective action to ensure that the areas identified in your last inspection are addressed.

“Planned actions to tackle weaknesses in the teaching of writing and mathematics have taken place promptly. As a result, teachers have begun the new academic year well placed to deliver important changes confidently.”

One teacher has left Rusper since May’s inspection, while two others have joined the school, which was noted to have “significantly increased” the range and frequency of checks carried out on the quality of teaching.

Ms Wilkinson said: “Leaders now robustly hold teachers to account and teachers use the regular feedback they receive to adapt and improve their practice.”

One of the weaknesses highlighted following the May inspection was that information was not being used well enough to plan work which always challenged the pupils.

As a result, the progress of the children was sometimes slowed.

With the help of the local authority, Rusper was seen to have made developments in that area, with the collection, presentation and checking of information about pupils’ progress being improved.

Ms Wilkinson told the headteacher: “You have ensured that these systems support teachers to regularly and accurately evaluate pupils’ achievement.”

Rusper may undergo further monitoring inspections by Ofsted as the school continues to work towards a ‘good’ rating.

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