Well-placed for even more improvement
THE commitment of the new management team at Buckden C of E Primary School has left the staff in a good position to carry on improving the school, according to an Ofsted report. Overall, inspectors from the Office of Standards in Education described the
THE commitment of the new management team at Buckden C of E Primary School has left the staff in a good position to carry on improving the school, according to an Ofsted report.
Overall, inspectors from the Office of Standards in Education described the teaching, behaviour and attitudes of pupils as good and said the school was in a position under its new management to build on recent improvements.
They did, however, comment on the schools high turnover of teaching staff.
"Over the recent years the high turnover of teaching staff has led to an unsettled period and lack of continuity, with standards dropping slightly."
The report states that 11 teachers left the school, mainly for family reasons, and nine joined in the past two years up to September 2005.
Headteacher Margaret Leverett, who joined the school a term before the inspection, was however, praised for her ability to "quickly gain an accurate picture of what the school does well and what it needs to do to improve."
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Mrs Leverett said: "I am delighted that the Ofsted report has confirmed and praised the high quality of teaching and learning and the commitment and team work of all the staff."
Standards in Year 6 were found to have risen in 2005 to above average, and pupils were said to enjoy lessons, have good attitudes to work and behave well with above average attendance.
Teaching was reported to be good, with pupils eager to please their teachers and work hard.
Inspectors also praised the good range of learning activities the school offers and the good level of care and support offered by teaching staff.
The report could find no evidence of bullying despite a small number of pupils and parents believing there was a problem with behaviour and bullying at the school.
To solve the isssue, the school was asked to work closely with parents to help them understand more clearly the school's perspective on any issues that may worry them.
The school was also encouraged to refine its systems for analysing and using information to sustain recent improvements and to ensure teachers in new leadership roles receive appropriate support and training.
INFORMATION: Buckden C of E Primary School caters for 315 children between the ages of four and 11.