1:00pm Saturday 30th March 2013
A recent Ofsted inspection has graded Matravers School in Westbury as one that “requires improvement”, despite finding that the school is “doing the right things to improve”.
The inspection on February 19 and 20 found that the teaching quality at the school “is not consistently good enough to raise achievement for all students”.
While praising the school for achieving “notable improvements within a short space of time”, the report says the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership and management all require improvement. The school’s last Ofsted graded it as satisfactory. This time only the behaviour and safety of pupils at the school was given a “good” rating, with inspectors highlighting an “atmosphere of friendliness and tolerance amongst students”.
Chairman of governors Jacqui Goodall said: “Overall, we were pleased with the report. It could have been a lot worse and it showed the school has moved on a lot from where it was a year ago.
“There is still quite a way to go, but the head teacher has made some significant improvements in a short space of time. The leadership team knew most of the areas that needed improving before the inspectors came.
“The school is certainly taking the right steps. The most important thing is getting the teaching right and the consistency needs to be spread across the school. The governors need to improve as well.”
Head teacher Beverley Martin said: “Throughout the report there is evidence of good teaching and learning and it is now a case of building on the improvements already made to secure a successful future for the school”.
The report is now available on the school’s website.
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