A step in the right direction

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THE behaviour of students at Field Lane Primary School has improved significantly in the last six months, according to Ofsted.

The Rastrick school was placed in special measures following a critical Ofsted report in January. Since then an executive headteacher, Lynda Johnson, has been appointed from Siddal Primary School, Halifax, and an interim executive board was established.

The head teacher at the time of the previous inspection left the school in January.

Ofsted inspectors revisited the school in June and found progress being made was satisfactory.

Inspectors noticed that attainment was low, particularly in English and progress remained inadequate overall. But the behaviour of pupils had improved significantly.

“This is acknowledged by teachers, teaching assistants and pupils. An agreed approach to behaviour management is in place and adhered to by all staff. However, the position is fragile and time is needed to ensure that teachers’ expectations of pupils’ behaviour is embedded in every class,” says the report.

The quality of teaching observed during the monitoring inspection is stronger than it was at the time of the previous inspection and no inadequate teaching was observed, according to the report.

The leadership at the school is also praised in the report saying that staff have a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school based on accurate self-evaluation.

“The deployment of an experienced executive head teacher is proving to be a positive move because it is evident that there is a renewed impetus in driving ambition and securing improvement. A strong sense of teamwork is emerging as a result of focused leadership,” say inspectors.

Safeguarding was identified as a main priority by inspectors during the last visit. But in June inspectors found documentation and procedures relating to all aspects of safeguarding were now in place with a clear timetable for review.

“Most of the issues have been resolved and good progress has been made.”