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St Augustine's Primary School in Stamford 'Requires Improvement' according to Ofsted inspection

St Augustine’s Catholic Voluntary Academy in Stamford has been told to improve, following a visit by school inspectors.

Ofsted gave the school an overall ‘requires improvement’ rating following a visit earlier this month (March 2019).

However, it did rate the school as ‘good’ for its leadership and management, and for the personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils.

Ofsted logo (8139831)
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Ofsted reported the school has “experienced a period of turbulence, which has resulted in a decline in the quality of teaching and learning. In 2018, too few pupils left the school well prepared for the next stage of their education.”

Teachers had ‘some weaknesses’ in subject knowledge and sometimes they had not used the correct grammar when communicating to pupils. Expectations were sometimes too low and pupils were not routinely challenged enough.

Ofsted reported strengths in leaders and trust directors quickly evaluating weaknesses and their actions were driving rapid improvements.

It continued: “Pupils behave well. They are kept safe and are respectful of others.”

The curriculum was found to be well balanced and broad and staff develop pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. Attendance was also above average.

The school in Kesteven Road has 129 pupils aged four to 11. It joined the St Therese of Lisieux Catholic Multi-Academy Trust, a group of 16 Catholic schools, last September. It has a new leadership team and headteacher Rachel de Wet also joined the school then.

Mrs de Wet, said: “I am delighted that the inspection team recognised how our community, our parents and our staff are coming together to support our pupils. It is this sense of community that will be at the centre of everything that our school and, most importantly, our children will achieve in the years to come.”

Trust director of performance and standards, Paul Ainsworth, said Ofsted had noted the work being undertaken to raise standards and the progress made.

“Just as an example, they were really impressed with our curriculum, the innovative new approaches we are using to enhance how maths and English are taught and how the school is developing a real culture of high expectations”.

Chief executive of the Trust, Louise Wilson said she took most pride in pupils having “a strong moral compass,” which showed a framework was in place for them to succeed.

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