A Seaford Catholic school placed into special measures after being deemed ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted has since improved, according to inspectors.
Annecy Catholic Primary School, in Sutton Avenue, was visited by the education watchdog on March 11, 2015 and was considered to be ‘requiring improvement’ overall - one step up from the previous verdict of ‘inadequate’ that was given in December 2013.
Two of the five specific areas inspected - ‘leadership and management’ and ‘behaviour and safety of pupils’ - were also given the second highest possible rating of ‘good.’
Lead inspector Alan Taylor-Bennett said: “The leadership of the school is driving improvements strongly, confidently and successfully. Nearly all groups of pupils in every class have now caught up on the significant shortfall in their knowledge and understanding in key subjects evident at the time of the last inspection. Gaps in achievement between disadvantaged pupils and others are closing rapidly. Pupils’ behaviour with each other, staff and visitors is respectful and considerate. Pupils take pride in behaving well and in their learning.”
Pupils’ writing was described as ‘lively and imaginative, and is presented well’, while a ‘secure’ grasp of phonics is ‘supporting better standards of reading and writing.’
Headteacher Jon Reynard, who is also the executive headteacher at Seaford Primary School, was drafted in to help Annecy Catholic Primary School after it entered special measures. He said: “We are all very pleased with the outcome. The school was placed in special measures 15 months ago and so to partly turn things around in that space of time is remarkable. We have got the pupils up to a level where they should be and now we will look to push on from there and help them excel. The pupils are making astonishingly good progress and we expect that to continue. A lot of it is down to the teachers and teaching assistants too. They have been working extremely hard, doing extra groups, sessions and interventions. Everybody is really proud of what we’ve achieved and we will continue to move forward.”
The inspection highlighted three keys areas that still required improvement, including ‘early years provision’ and ‘achievement of pupils’.
Mr Taylor-Bennett said: “More able pupils are not always offered enough challenge, including children in Reception. Few pupils have a good enough understanding of democracy, how the law works and what this means for them now and in the future. Many are not aware of the different forms that families and adult relationships can take.”