Head vows to improve school

Headteacher Gemma Elliot, centre, picture with students from Castlefields Infant School.
Headteacher Gemma Elliot, centre, picture with students from Castlefields Infant School.

A headteacher of a Rastrick infant school has vowed to turn things around following a critical report from Ofsted.

Inspectors visited Castlefields Infant School on June 25 and 26 and judged the overall effectiveness of the school as “requires improvement”.

The report noted that the pupils’ progress in writing and mathematics “is not consistently good over time” and more-able pupils do not make as much progress as fellow classmates. Boys’ attainment in writing and reading is higher than it is in mathematics.

It was also identified that teachers required overall improvement and that they must start to correct the mistakes that pupils make.

Although the school requires improvement, there were a number of strengths noted by inspectors including the pupils’ enjoyment at the school, the relationship between adults and pupils and the good curriculum provided to the pupils and the wide range of clubs that are available to the pupils.

Headteacher Gemma Elliott said: “In March 2010, Castlefields were judged as satisfactory and a school causing concern.

“Our most recent inspection in July 2014 highlights that we are an improving school, with some good and outstanding features.

“We are proud of the progress we have made to date and endeavour to continue to strive for improvement for all of our pupils based upon the findings and recommendations in the report.”

The school now must improve quality of teaching, raise reading, writing and mathematics progress and improve the quality and impact of leadership and management.