Uppingham Primary School takes steps to improve after Ofsted report

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A headteacher is taking steps to boost his school’s reputation after an Ofsted report highlighted several areas needing improvement.

Uppingham Primary School has lost the “good” rating it received following the previous inspection in October 2009.

The behaviour of pupils has been rated as good but the standards of teaching, management and achievement levels of pupils were all found to need improvement.

Inspector Susan Hughes found that not enough pupils make good progress in reading, writing and maths and that the work set in lessons is too easy or too hard for some pupils.

Some of the teaching also needs improving, with some lessons requiring a faster pace to engage the pupils’ interest and some teachers’ marking needing more advice on how the children can improve.

Mrs Hughes did praise the school, which has 154 pupils, for its strong teaching in the reception and year six classes. Her report also says the pupils are well behaved and receive a good spiritual, moral and cultural education.

She said: “The headteacher and other senior leaders have a good understanding of how to improve the school.

“Their recent changes are beginning to improve progress and standards in most classes.”

Headteacher Iain Peden confirmed steps are already being taken to address the concerns.

He said: “As a school we feel that the inspection was carried out fairly, objectively and has resulted in an accurate report.

“The inspectors recognised many of the good points about our school and I would like to highlight the following: in lessons pupils work well in groups and respond to the teachers’ consistently high expectations of behaviour, the progress of pupils is carefully tracked, their spiritual, moral social and cultural education is particularly good, they talk enthusiastically about their lessons and no groups of pupils underachieve during their time in school.”

He added: “Under the new, significantly more stringent Ofsted criteria, two areas of improvement were identified.

“The leadership of the school, which includes the governing body, are able to report that these areas were already being addressed in our school action plan which had been put into place following school self-evaluation earlier in the school year.”