School satisfactory' but there is room for improvement

PUBLISHED: 10:17 13 December 2007 | UPDATED: 13:07 04 May 2010

LITTLEPORT Community Primary School has been labelled satisfactory by Government inspectors who found some significant strengths but some shortcomings. Leadership at the school is exceptionally good they discovered, and the school has been set on a clea

LITTLEPORT Community Primary School has been labelled "satisfactory" by Government inspectors who found some significant strengths but some shortcomings.

Leadership at the school is exceptionally good they discovered, and the school has been set on a clear course for further improvement.

Standards in English, maths and science in Year 6 are below average, however, due to gaps in pupils' previous learning.

"All subjects of the National Curriculum are taught, but the school has yet to design an exciting curriculum that stimulates the interests of all pupils," said the OfSTED inspectors' report. "There are too few opportunities for active learning and first-hand experiences.

"There have been many improvements since the last inspection but some issues, such as developing the use of computers to support learning, are still not fully resolved."

The inspectors also decided there was not enough consistently good teaching to ensure improvement in standards.

Some pupils became restless if tasks were undemanding or teachers talked for too long,

the report said.

Inspectors decided the curriculum was satisfactory and the school placed a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy, but concluded that science had not been given enough attention.

"Pupils' investigational skills in mathematics and science are undeveloped as are opportunities to use computers," the report said.

The inspectors suggested that the school should improve progress and raise the standards pupils attain by the end of Year 6 in English, maths and science.

Teachers should frequently monitor the work produced by pupils in Key Stage 2 to identify how it can be improved.

A more exciting curriculum should be developed including more first-hand experiences and greater use of computers to support teaching and learning.

Headteacher Lesley Strømmen said: "We are very pleased with the report, which identifies the many areas of progress made by the school. The school is strongly committed to raising standards and will continue to strive towards improving provision for all pupils.

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