Ofsted: behaviour praised but areas need improving

The new head teacher at Shinewater Primary School Theresa Buttery with some of her year 5 pupils. September 23rd 2013 E39044P
The new head teacher at Shinewater Primary School Theresa Buttery with some of her year 5 pupils. September 23rd 2013 E39044P
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Pupils at Shinewater Primary School have been praised for being polite and respectful following an Ofsted report which has also highlighted areas that need improving.

The school in Milfoil Drive, which was visited in July this year, was referred to in the document as a ‘caring place’ and that pupils ‘develop positive attitudes’. The behaviour and safety of the children was deemed to be good but overall the school was judged as requiring improvement and newly appointed headteacher Theresa Buttery, who took up the post in September, said, “I welcome this report as it provides me with a very good evaluation of what I need to do.

“We already have plans in action to address the findings of the report and to make Shinewater Community Primary School a sustainably outstanding school which works with the whole community to provide a centre for true excellent education for all.”

The new tougher Ofsted regime has seen the school downgraded from its previous outstanding rating with inspectors looking for improvements in areas including pupils’ reading and writing and in the overall consistency of teaching quality.

Other comments in the Ofsted report said the number of pupils attaining the nationally expected level in mathematics was broadly in line with the average as was the proportion of pupils achieving the higher levels.