Ryhall Primary School is told it must improve

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A headteacher says her school is already on the road to improvement after the results of a damning inspection report were revealed.

Ofsted inspectors visited Ryhall Primary School in January and found the school to be “inadequate”, down from a previous “good” rating.

The report identified several failings. It said teaching was too weak to raise attainment and writing standards were poor.

It said senior staff could not identify why the school was doing badly and there was not enough analysis of pupils’ achievement.

Inspectors also criticised teachers, saying the work they gave out was often not suited to children’s abilities and that they talked too much without letting pupils practice what they learn.

Finally, the report said the governing body did not know enough about the school.

Inspectors did find attendance was high and said pupils felt safe and secure at school.

Headteacher Sue Hallam was not pleased with the report but said the staff were already working hard to improve.

She added: “We were very disappointed to have been put into that category.

“We do have a good team of teachers here. The children that come here are our biggest asset and we want to do everything in our powers to give them the education we know we can deliver.”

Mrs Hallam said several points on the inspection report had already been identified in the school’s development plan.

One of the main improvements is the introduction of a new data programme, which will allow teachers to input and share the results of tests and assessments.

Mrs Hallam said: “All staff will be able to access it and it will be more of a shared approach.”

A key criticism was the governors’ lack of involvement in school life.

Mrs Hallam said the board had written an action plan and had started training in a bid to become more involved.

She added: “They are going to come into school and be part of our overall pupil progress meetings to get first hand experience. They will be seeing it for themselves.”

Finally Mrs Hallam said the school was keen to improve the education her pupils received.

She added: “We are working really hard on teaching and learning. We have teamed up with an ‘outstanding’ school near Lincoln.”

The school will now have regular visits from Ofsted inspectors until it can prove it has made satisfactory improvement.