Improvement needed at Wilburton Primary School

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PUPILS’ progress at Wilburton Primary School requires improvement according to Government inspectors.

Ofsted inspector Mike Capper praised several aspects of teaching, noting recent improvements that had been made, but said progress among pupils was uneven and, in some lessons, too much time was being lost listening to the teacher talking.

In his report, he said: “In lessons, there are occasions when these pupils rely too much on adult support to complete their work because it is too hard for them. They do best when being supported outside lessons individually or in small groups.

“Teaching requires improvement because there are occasions in lessons when pupils do not learn quickly enough. This happens when work is too hard or too easy for some pupils. In these lessons, there is insufficient challenge for the most-able.”

Mr Capper did praise the relationship of pupils with teachers and of pupil behaviour in general.

He said: “Teachers get on well with the pupils. They make good use of modern technology to bring subjects alive.

“Pupils feel safe. They have good manners and are polite and courteous. They keenly take on responsibility.

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Headteacher Katharine Bultitude was also praised for identifying the right priorities for the school and for making a start in tackling its main weaknesses.

The school was encouraged to improve the quality of teaching so that it is consistently good or better, and to improve leadership and management.

Head teacher Katharine Bultitude said: “Although we are pleased that the inspector saw so many positives, we know that we need to make changes to improve the school and we are determined to do so.”