Liden Primary School 'requires improvement' say Ofsted - but staff praised for ongoing hard work to address problems

By Ben Fitzgerald - 28 November 2019

CommunityEducation

Ofsted inspectors have found that Liden Primary and Nursery School requires improvement following a visit earlier this month. But they praised the staff for working hard to continue to raise standards.

The team said “teachers’ expectations of the pupils were not high enough, with the curriculum not planned and delivered sufficiently effectively to give pupils the depth of knowledge they need.” 

However, inspectors said that the school’s leadership team were aware of the problem and were taking action to weaknesses.

The Ofsted team praised the improvements made to pupil behaviour in class but said more still needs to be done.

The report goes on to praise staff who support the wider educational experience of pupils at the school: “they think carefully about enriching pupils’ learning. For example, they take pupils sailing and to museums. More pupils are taking part in extra-curricular activities because there is something for everyone. Pupils enter regional mathematics challenges and young writers’ competitions and experience success. Pupils are proud of their ‘best work’ and their giant class sculptures of book characters displayed around the school.”

It was recognised that Liden Primary is recovering well after a ‘significant’ decline in its effectiveness with leaders having tackled a range of complex problems.

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