Primary school told to improve by Ofsted

Ferring Primary School has been told by Ofsted that it requires improvement.


Headteacher Gill Silk and her leadership team were told the good quality of teaching seen at the previous inspection had not been maintained and pupils were not challenged sufficiently.The school, which was rated ‘good’ in 2011, underwent a two-day inspection in December and the findings of Lee Selby and his team were published on January 17.In his report, Mr Selby acknowledged the work being done by school leaders to tackle weaker teaching, but said there was “too much inconsistency” in the quality of teaching throughout the school.He added: “Leaders clearly understand the strengths and weaknesses of the school and know what needs to improve.”The behaviour of children at Ferring was seen to be good, as was their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Mr Selby said the youngsters were “well prepared socially for the next stage of their education and for life in modern Britain”.The only minor wobble came when teaching was “less effective” leaving some children “unable to maintain their positive attitudes to learning and good behaviour in class”.Recent performance figures published by the Department for Education showed Ferring children met the national average for progress in reading, were above average in maths and below average in writing.Mr Selby highlighted several areas for improvement, including the effectiveness of leadership and governance as well as the quality of teaching. He also called for an external review of the school’s use of pupil premium funding.Ferring Primary School was contacted for comment but had not responded by the time the Herald went to press.

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