Reading is key to progress at primary with poor Ofsted

Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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Delight as nursery is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted once again

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READING is improving well at a primary school in special measures, according to the latest Ofsted monitoring report.

Paulsgrove Primary School, which was placed in the lowest possible category last May, was applauded for better results in reading and maths, improved attendance and well behaved children.

Headteacher Andrew Olive said he was pleased with the judgment that his school was making ‘satisfactory progress’ – and in particular with the positive feedback about improved reading.

He said: ‘Reading was a major focus for us, because that skill also gives children confidence.

‘Standards in general are still not where we want them to be, but they are a lot better than they were and we are all determined to carrying on making progress.’

Since the Ofsted report, Paulsgrove Primary has been boosted by two experienced teachers who have helped drive the new strategy of analysing individual children’s strengths and needs.

Mr Olive said: ‘The children’s enthusiasm and good behaviour says it all. Teaching is more engaging and exciting and they are enjoying school much more.’

He added: ‘Going through special measures is quite a long journey and we’re not near the end of it yet.

‘There’s still substantial work to do, but we are already seeing green shoots where children are beginning to catch up to where they have the potential to be.’