ONE OF Saddleworth’s smallest primary schools has pledged to bring about urgent changes after a damning Ofsted report.
Friezland Primary School in Greenfield has slipped from ‘good’ in all areas from its previous inspection in 2012 to now ‘requiring improvement‘ in four out of six categories.
But the Church Road school at least avoided the lowest grading of ‘inadequate’.
However, senior leaders at the school, with 107 pupils on its roll, are criticised for not being sufficiently rigorous in checking the quality of teaching and learning
Teaching across Years 3 to 6 is described as “inconsistent”, with some teachers not having “high enough expectations and do not provide work that challenges the ablest”.
Additionally, pupils in Key Stage 2, especially those with high prior attainment, do not make rapid enough progress in writing and mathematics.
And the report adds that pupils are not given sufficient opportunity to develop scientific skills in Key Stage 2 and opportunities are missed to reinforce pupils’ key writing skills in some subject other than English.
Rachael Swaby is the acting head of the school, which celebrated its 100th birthday in 2015, having been appointed on a one-year contract in September 2016.
Inspectors say Miss Swaby has the “support of parents, governors and staff” but the “lack of substantive leadership is slowing school improvement”.
But inspectors, who visited the school last November, handed Friezland a ‘good’ grading for its early years provision and personal development, behaviour and welfare.
They picked out good teaching in the early years. Good teaching of pupils in Years 1 and 2 supports pupils’ good progress and outcomes in reading and mathematics, while senior leaders and governors are “ambitious for all pupils”.
Miss Swarby and Friezland’s governing body issued a joint statement on the Ofsted grading.
“While we are disappointed with the overall outcome of our inspection, the governors and staff at Friezland Primary School are pleased with the strengths that our recent inspection reflected.
“In particular, how well we promote pupils’ personal development and welfare as without these solid foundations, pupils will not achieve their full potential.
“We fully understand the urgency that is required in order to bring about positive changes.
“As the report reflected, the school leaders are ambitious for all pupils and therefore we are fully committed to bringing about rapid improvement and are clear how this will be done.”