Former failing school makes vast improvements

Oxclose Village Primary School, Washington
Oxclose Village Primary School, Washington
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A SCHOOL which was failing in every area is on the way to having special measures removed.

In March 2013 Ofsted inspectors wrote a damning report on Oxclose Village Primary School saying it was inadequate in all areas.

Now, more than a year later, a monitoring report said vast improvements have been made at the Washington school and that it is making reasonable progress towards being taken out of special measures.

Parents of children at the Brancepeth Road school were left reeling last spring when the inspectors said urgent action was needed to tackle the school’s problems.

A team of specialists, including a headteacher who is a local leader of education, was immediately drafted in to help turn around the primary, tasked with eradicating inadequate teaching, raising pupils’ achievement, ensuring safety, improving behaviour and increasing attendance.

Following the most recent visit, inspectors said: “Better teaching and well-coordinated extra support is helping to close the gap for all groups of pupils.

A new approach to the teaching of mathematics is helping to tackle key weaknesses in pupils’ basic skills.

“Teaching continues to improve, but remains variable in quality.

There is clear evidence now of much better teaching in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 and while there are signs of positive gains in some other classes, further key changes are still needed.

“The school’s continued focus on writing is needed and, while there is evident improvement here also, much further work is still required if standards are to rise.”

The inspector said pupils are responding positively to the school’s higher expectations of their performance and conduct and attitudes and commitment to their work is far stronger now.