Success at Ofsted

June 29 2018

A HANHAM primary school has maintained its 'Good' rating following a short inspection by education watchdog Ofsted.

Inspectors returned to Christ Church Hanham C of E Primary in May following a visit in June 2014 when they judged it to be 'Good'.

They say there is no change to its overall effectiveness grade but have highlighted areas the school should follow to further boost standards.

The report said leaders had not been quick enough to prevent a decline in pupils' writing outcomes which meant the Key Stage 2 progress scores in 2017 were in the lowest 10 per cent nationally. However they say current leaders are working effectively to tackle this.

Teachers make lessons fun and 97 per cent of parents would recommend the school to others, the report said.

"Pupils show good attitudes to learning in lessons. They are enthusiastic and make positive contributions through responding well to questions and working together to help each other."

Staff are "diligent" in safeguarding pupils, who say they feel safe at the school: "They have trust in the staff's ability to deal swiftly with any rare incidents of anti-social behaviour or bullying."

The school has been told it must improve the quality of pupils' writing and teachers should plan pupils' next steps "precisely" to meet their needs, especially those of lower-attaining pupils and those with special educational needs. They should also raise the achievement of disadvantaged children so they are well prepared for the next stage of their learning.