Improvement needed for primary school in Stroud

 

St Matthew’s C of E Primary is working hard to improve standards after receiving an ‘inadequate’ rating by Ofsted.

The inspection took place at the beginning of July, with the school then being rated as ‘inadequate’. The school is taking ‘special measures’ to improve. Staff and governors are now working closely with Gloucestershire County Council to set out an improvement plan.

The report praised the school for its ‘caring and nurturing ethos’ and parents remain ‘positive about the school and its leaders’. Pupils’ attendance is above the national average and leaders have worked well with families to make sure that pupils come to school regularly. Children behave well in the school environment and are supported in their personal development and wellbeing. ‘The Den’ breakfast and after school club is a safe and friendly environment.

However, Ofsted identified that the following improvements need to be made:

  • Leaders and governors have an overly generous evaluation of the school’s performance. As a result, school leaders, including governors, have not acted robustly over time to address weaknesses.
  • Too often, teachers’ assessments of pupils’ attainment are inaccurate. Pupils are given tasks which are too easy or too hard.
  • Over the previous three years there has been a decline in the proportion of pupils reaching the expected standards in writing and mathematics by the end of key stage one

Headteacher at St Matthews C of E Primary School, Mrs Gina Thomson, said: “We are incredibly disappointed by the result however, we will take on board the areas for improvement that have been highlighted by Ofsted and we will come out of this category stronger than ever.”

We are, and always have been 100 per cent  committed to the care and the welfare of our pupils. I am incredibly passionate about St Matthew’s and will focus on what it takes to move the school out of this category, without losing sight of our strong child centred ethos.”

I’m very grateful for the support we’ve received from other headteachers in the Stroud area”

Jacqui Powell, chair of governors, said: “The staff at St Matthew’s C of E Primary School have the full support of the Governing Body, we are all committed to giving the children at St Matthew’s a positive, successful and happy learning experience”.

Jane Lloyd-Davies, head of education outcomes and intervention at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We are working closely with the headteacher, staff and the board of governors to make sure there is a clear plan in place for the school to improve. Our focus is on improving the quality of leadership and quality of learning across all year groups throughout the school and making sure that all pupils are making the necessary progress.”