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Market Deeping Community Primary School receives a 'requires improvement' rating in its most recent Ofsted in February 2020




A primary school ‘requires improvement’ according to Ofsted inspectors.

Market Deeping Community Primary School received the rating following a visit in January.

The inspectors found the school placed a high priority on reading, but lesson plans for other subjects did not contain enoughdetail about what pupils needed to know and be able to do.

Market Deeping Community Primary School in Willoughby Avenue. Photo: Google
Market Deeping Community Primary School in Willoughby Avenue. Photo: Google

As a result, the pupils “do not learn new content and skills, or remember them as well as they should”.

Inspectors also felt that expectations of what pupils with special needs and disabilities could achieve ‘have not been high enough’.

Meanwhile, school leaders were found not to have a thorough understanding of pupils’ learning across the curriculum.

However, the inspectors praised the school for a offering a ‘well-cared for learning environment’ and ‘polite and well mannered’ pupils who seemed to feel‘safe’ and know who to talk to if they have worries.

School leaders were also seen to be ‘improving the quality of education’ and most of the pupils achieved well in reading, writing and
maths.

A high priority being placed on reading was also praised as was the curriculum, which makes “an effective contribution to pupils’ personal development and behaviour”.

The report also noted parents are supportive of the school and staff morale was high, along with a ‘strong desire’ to improve the school further.

In a letter to parents, headteacher Mark Ratchford expressed disappointment with the report but said there were ‘many things to be pleased with’.

He added: “The areas for improvement essentially focus on us developing a clear understanding of progression in foundation subjects as well as ensuring our children with SEND are achieving the best possible outcomes.

“Work has already been in place for both these areas but we have not moved quickly enough with the wider curriculum and work for SEND is not yet having an impact on our end-of-Key Stage 2
results.”

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