Inspectors warn Barnes Primary School to do better

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ACHIEVEMENT at a primary school has dropped and education chiefs say it should do better.

A report by Ofsted inspectors into Barnes Junior School in Sunderland says the school requires improvement.

Inspectors said improvement is needed in all aspects of the Mount Road school apart from the behaviour and safety of the pupils, which is good.

The category of “requires improvement” recently replaced the Ofsted category of “satisfactory”.

A report into Barnes Juniors said: “Achievement has dipped in recent years. While most pupils make adequate progress, it is not as good as it could be.

“Teaching is improving, but requires further improvement so that it is consistently good or better. Pupils have limited opportunities to take on more responsibility for their own learning.”

The inspectors said school leaders have not done enough to secure sufficient improvement in the quality of teaching and as a result not enough teaching is good and this holds back the progress of pupils.

However, the inspectors said the school does have a number of strengths, such as providing a rich and balanced curriculum, which promotes pupils’ good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and pupils benefit from access to a wide range of activities in addition to lessons.

The report also said: “Provision for disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, and for those in receipt of the pupil premium, is effective in ensuring that they achieve in line with their peers.”

The school also needs to strengthen leadership and management.