St Mary's school in Langho must improve, say Ofsted’s inspectors

A LANGHO primary school has been rated as ‘requiring improvement’ by Ofsted.

The education regulator found that pupils at St Mary’s RC School were not making good progress and that there was not enough ‘good quality’ teaching.

The report, which was published on November 27, said that the standards in maths at Key Stage Two were not high enough and that progress through the subject was not good enough.

It also said that teachers ‘do not always ask questions that challenge pupils and deepen their understanding’ and ‘do not always ensure that pupils respond to their comments’.

The Whalley Road school was rated as ‘good’ when last inspected in January 2012.

The report said the leadership and management at the school ‘require improvement’ as school leaders ‘have not been able to secure consistently good teaching and good progress over time’.

However, the report said that the school provides a ‘caring environment’ for its pupils and that disabled pupils or those who have special educational needs receive ‘effective support’.

It also praised the head teacher Janet Malone, after working ‘effectively’ to ‘ensure that there is no inadequate teaching and that the majority of pupils are making at least the progress expected of them’.

Ofsted also said that the school was using the new primary school sport funding ‘successfully’ to improve the quality of physical education and that the money had enabled to school to expand its work with local sports teams.

Mrs Malone said: “We have completely revised the whole curriculum and I’m hopeful that standards will start to rise as a result of that.

“We are addressing teaching and learning as part of our performance development with teachers.

“I believe that the changes that have been put in place, such as the curriculum revision, will raise the quality of teaching the learning at the school.”

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7:40pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Birtrumthegreat says...

A few prayers and a handful of Hail Marys and things will get better.
A few prayers and a handful of Hail Marys and things will get better. Birtrumthegreat

7:59pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Chuck-Norris says...

How can the head teacher be praised when the school lacks leadership and management - that doesn't make sense !!?
How can the head teacher be praised when the school lacks leadership and management - that doesn't make sense !!? Chuck-Norris

8:09pm Wed 4 Dec 13

caballo says...

More skulduggery from the inspectorate, they'll be forcing academy status on them next.
More skulduggery from the inspectorate, they'll be forcing academy status on them next. caballo

12:44am Thu 5 Dec 13

Graham Hartley says...

(teachers) ‘do not always ensure that pupils respond to their comments’

How can teachers always ensure that pupils respond?

The Catholic schools inspectors can usually be relied upon to give more favourable reports.
(teachers) ‘do not always ensure that pupils respond to their comments’ How can teachers always ensure that pupils respond? The Catholic schools inspectors can usually be relied upon to give more favourable reports. Graham Hartley

10:17am Thu 5 Dec 13

AnimalReid says...

Lazy teachers need to work harder. simple. The skool wot I went too was gud.
Lazy teachers need to work harder. simple. The skool wot I went too was gud. AnimalReid

8:16pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Shocked not says...

I have to say I'm not suprised by this report...this school failed my child whilst they where there, to the point that we had to pay for private lessons particularly in maths.. We regularly spoke with the Mrs Malone about our concerns...so maybe now she will accept that there is problem with the quality of teaching in her school and do something about it.
I have to say I'm not suprised by this report...this school failed my child whilst they where there, to the point that we had to pay for private lessons particularly in maths.. We regularly spoke with the Mrs Malone about our concerns...so maybe now she will accept that there is problem with the quality of teaching in her school and do something about it. Shocked not

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