School is optimistic despite downgrade by Ofsted

Wendover Junior School, Wharf Road, Wendover
Wendover Junior School, Wharf Road, Wendover

The acting head of a primary school which has been downgraded from ‘good’ to ‘requiring improvement’ by Ofsted admitted she was disappointed with the verdict.

The education watchdog identified several weaknesses at Wendover Junior School, saying pupil attainment was not good enough over time, and teachers’ expectation of the children’s behaviour was low – causing them to lose interest.

The Wharf Road school was given a ‘good’ rating at its last inspection in 2011, but inspectors said that while the senior team has tackled inadequate teaching successfully, inconsistencies still remain.

However,they praised the determination of the school’s leaders to raise achievement and tackle the downward trend in maths, saying work in pupils’ books displayed marked progress.

The report said the school’s action plan showed promise for a ‘good’ judgement at the next inspection in around 18 months time.

Despite the disappointment, the school’s SATS were the best achieved in three years, with a 15% increase in the number of pupils earning a level 6.

Acting head Jenny Bartlett said: “Although we were disappointed with the overall judgement, the inspectors’ positive comments and this year’s excellent SATS results confirm that this is now a rapidly improving school.”