Nelson primary school must improve

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Ofsted inspectors have assessed a Nelson primary school deemed as “satisfactory” two years ago to still be in need of improvement.

The team which visited St Philip’s CE Primary School in Leeds Road last month found that pupil achievement, quality of teaching and leadership and management failed to meet the expected levels.

But their report said that the headteacher, supported by governors, was improving the quality of teaching and achievement and pupils’ spelling and the presentation of their work had improved well since the last inspection two years ago.

The inspectors’ report said: “The progress that pupils of all abilities make is variable and not always good and the quality of teaching is not consistently


“Teachers do not always extend the vocabulary pupils use in their written and

other work. Sometimes teachers give pupils too much direction in their work, which limits the development of independent thinking and problem-solving skills in different subjects, especially for the more able.

“Subject leaders do not always have sufficient first-hand knowledge of teaching and learning in their areas of responsibility in order to have a strong enough impact on improvements.”

Among the strengths the school has, say the inspectors, are the good start given to pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage, and pupils’ knowledge and understanding of letters and the sounds they make was well developed through Key Stage 1.