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King William Street Church of England Primary School was last inspected in June 2017. Although the inspectors recognised the very many positive features of the school, for example that pupils’ achievement in mathematics has improved and that teaching and learning in year 2 and 6 is effective, they judged that the school still “requires improvement” in specific areas.
The report particularly focuses on improving writing and pupils who are disadvantaged or who have SEN making consistently good progress, but we are pleased that the report highlights the school’s many strengths. We are proud that:
- Mathematics teaching has improved and is effective with children tackling mathematical challenges keenly through our ‘do it, use it and own it’ approach.
- Year 1 phonics screening check is above the national average and is gradually rising.
- English as an additional language children are supported effectively in English and mathematics.
- Sports premium funding is used effectively.
- Attendance has improved as a result of leaders’ actions.
- Children are well cared for and safe within school because staff provide good levels of nurture and support meaning their emotional and social needs are well catered for.
- Children demonstrate positive attitudes to learning, try their best and present their work well.
- Children say bullying is rare.
- Peer mediators and play leaders make as significant contribution to school life because they sort out differences quickly and promote fitness and healthy activities at lunchtime.
- Our early years teaching remains good and provides a solid grounding for learning.
Following the last inspection senior leaders, middle leaders, staff members and governors have worked tirelessly in pursuit of school improvement. There has been significant improvement particularly in mathematics but as yet the work done throughout the school is still to be reflected in English, particularly writing. The inspector said ‘Leaders’ actions to improve mathematics teaching is proving effective.’ One of the key reasons for this is how quickly the school acted following the previous inspection. However similar efforts to improve outcomes in writing are taking longer to show impact.
Since the last inspection a plan for school improvement has been in place, but as the report details ‘Considerable staff changes have slowed the school’s improvement journey.’ With strong leadership and support for the new staff, the inspector identified that ‘the pace of improvement is quickening this year.’
In response to the recommendations made in this report, modifications to the teaching of writing were immediately taken to develop further the opportunities for the children to apply their spelling, punctuation, grammar and precise and ambitious vocabulary into their independent writing.