Hard work on the way for school after inspection

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POOR achievement in maths has led to a Cosham school slipping down the Ofsted ladder.

But the headteacher of Medina Primary School has vowed to turn things around.

Inspectors visited the school and said that it ‘requires improvement’ – down from ‘good’ in the last inspection in 2008.

The report said pupils’ achievement in writing and maths requires improvement as it is not yet good due to inconsistencies in the quality of teaching.

Teachers do not involve pupils enough in improving their work through responding to marking or assessing their own learning.

And senior leaders don’t sufficiently set clear goals for improvement in teaching and learning.

Headteacher Howard Payne said: ‘It’s always disappointing to go down a grade.

‘But we will be out of that without doubt by the next inspection. In terms of what they identified we are working on them already.

‘It didn’t come as a massive shock because we have already put in place things to do with maths. That was one of our biggest initiatives.

‘Within that we are working with teachers on questioning skills.’

Inspectors did praise pupils for their good behaviour in lessons.

They also said that children make good progress in reading due to improvements in teaching.

Mr Payne said he is proud of the children’s work ethic.

‘The children take pride in this school,’ he said.

‘They love coming here. There is an attitude towards learning that’s positive.

‘The teachers have to work hard to maintain this enthusiasm and the attitude.’

To improve, the quality of teaching needs to be consistently good or better in order to raise achievement.

And achievement in maths also needs to be improved by ensuring work is sufficiently challenging, particularly for higher attaining pupils.

Mr Payne added: ‘I’m confident. We have had quite a high turnover of staff over the past six months. We are going to have new staff in place.

‘Members of staff whether they are senior leaders or class teachers have got to have more responsibility.

‘I’m convinced that their attitude is really positive.

‘We recognised what Ofsted said. We are going to crack on and we are going to get up to good in the next inspection.’