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Wood Farm Primary School gets a 'good' rating
12:00pm Monday 23rd July 2012 in Education
IT MAY closely resemble a building site, but that hasn’t stopped Wood Farm Primary School getting a boost from Ofsted inspectors.
When the school was previously visited in 2009, it was given a satisfactory grade, but when inspectors revisited last month, the school received a good rating in every area.
It is currently in the middle of a £10.5m redevelopment project, right.
Headteacher David Lewin said: “We are delighted with the result, it is fantastic for the school.
“For us to get a really great Ofsted outcome in the midst of doing lots of work with the school building and all the changes happening on the school site has been great for us all.”
The school, which currently has 293 pupils, was praised for consistently good teaching and for good pupil progress, and for teachers’ enthusiastic approach to learning.
Inspector Paul Edwards also described the school’s behaviour strategies as “well-honed”. He said: “Pupils make good progress throughout the school and achieve well.”
Children enter the school with skills and abilities well below those expected, with language development particularly weak, but Mr Edwards said they made good progress and attainment was rising.
One area highlighted for improvement was providing more challenge for the most able girls in maths.
Mr Lewin said: “We have done lots of work with the girls this year to gain an understanding of how they feel about maths.
“We will be watching them carefully and working specifically on teaching approaches to make sure girls are making the best possible progress next year and beyond.”
The current phase of work at the school is set to finish in the autumn, with the whole project due for completion by the end of 2013.