AVELEY Primary School has been downgraded from a “Good” to a “Requires Improvement” by government watchdog Ofsted.
The school was inspected in March 2018.
The report states:
Leaders‟ view of the school‟s performance is too generous. They do not have clear strategies to ensure that groups of pupils make strong progress for the school to remain good.
Governors do not possess enough information to enable them to hold school leaders firmly to account for the quality of education and how well groups of pupils achieve.
Since the previous inspection, pupils‟ progress in mathematics has been too slow. In 2017, Year 6 pupils made significantly less progress than others nationally.
Adults‟ expectations of pupils are, at times too low. The most able pupils are not provided with sufficiently challenging or stimulating work for them to excel.
Disadvantaged pupils make slow progress. Leaders have not allocated funds well.
Boys do not achieve as well as they should in Reception. Too many boys make less progress than the girls in many areas of learning.
Since the previous inspection, the proportion of pupils reaching the required standard in the Year 1 phonic screening check has been below the national average every year.
Pupils in key stage 1, especially boys, do not achieve as well as they should.
Teachers do not use assessment or adapt the curriculum well enough to meet the needs of different groups of pupils in their class. For some pupils the work is too easy and for others it is too hard.
Teachers do not deploy additional adults effectively enough to accelerate the progress pupils make in class.
The following strengths are highlighted
Pupils are safe, happy and well cared for. Leaders take great care in ensuring pupils‟ safety. Most parents wholeheartedly agree.
Older pupils relish the appropriate challenge they receive in Year 6 and make better progress as a result.
Children settle well into the Nursery class. They enjoy their learning.
Pupils are polite, courteous and articulate. They conduct themselves well in class and at playtimes.
Staff are proud to work at the school. Leaders support newly qualified teachers well.
The needs of pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities are increasingly well catered for.