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Village school is caring place say inspectors
9:51am Thursday 13th March 2014 in News
A village school has been given a good report by Ofsted inspectors.
Rushwick CE primary school was rated as good in all categories by the inspectors.
They found that children made consistently good progress with the school's year 6 pupils demonstrating above-average standards in reading, writing and mathematics even though many start the school with skills well below those expected for their age.
Attainment is improving and progress in reading, writing and mathematics is accelerating rapidly.
Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs make similar progress to their classmates.
However, more-able pupils are not given enough opportunities to find things out for themselves and this slows their progress.
Inspectors found teaching was good and some was outstanding.
Good teaching of phonics has helped improve reading and writing.
Teachers were said to have high expectations and teaching assistants were used well.
However, they said too often pupils weren't encouraged to be more adventurous and find their own creative solutions.
Inspectors found pupils behaved well and were punctual and keen to learn and their behaviour reflected the school's caring ethos.
Their attendance was good and there have been no exclusions this year.
The leadership of the headteacher and deputy headteacher was described as good and the head had accurately evaluated the school's strengths and weaknesses.
Teachers were well supported and subject leaders worked well to support other staff.
Inspectors found the subject leaders for English and mathematics monitor pupils’ progress but are unable to undertake systematic lesson observations so were unable to accurately evaluate the impact of teaching on learning or suggest ways for it to be improved.
Parents were very positive about the Upper Wick Lane school and governors were also said to support and challenge the school well.
The school's headteacher Geoff Jeffrey said: "The inspection outcomes reflect very well on the whole community, particularly the quality and care provided by every member of the school staff.
"It really is a privilege to lead this school.
"Obviously we are very pleased with the report and look forward to building on our high standards over the coming years."
About the school
*Rushwick CE primary is smaller than average
*An average number of pupils receive extra funding from government called the pupil premium
*The number of students with a statement of special educational needs is well above average
*Students are taught in mixed-age classes
What the school does well
*The local authority recognises it as a beacon of outstanding inclusion practice
*Teaching is good, sometimes outstanding
*Behaviour is good and the school is a safe, caring place
How can the school improve?
*Teachers occasionally do not challenge more-able pupils sufficiently
*Subject leaders do not monitor lessons frequently enough to be able to give teachers effective guidance
*More examples of the UK's diversity could be given to pupils
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