BOSSES at St Stephen’s Primary School in Tockholes have been told by Ofsted they are “taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement”.

The schools inspection body carried out a Section Eight monitoring inspection last month after the Rock Lane primary was rated as ‘requires improvement’ after a visit in December.


And in a letter to headteacher Dominic James, inspector Allan Torr said: “The governing body has appointed new governors to strengthen its ability to support and challenge the school.

“In addition, members meet more frequently and have improved communication and information sharing.

“Pupils’ work and the most recent assessments indicate they are making quicker progress in reading, writing and mathematics.”

He said there have been improvements to the teaching of mathematics andto the quality and impact of marking.

He continued: “In the best examples pupils respond to the teachers’ feedback and improve their work and then take account of the marking to improve future pieces of work.”

A spokesman for the school said: "The visit indicates our pupils have made increased progress in the key areas of the curriculum since the December 2014 Ofsted Report.

“Teachers and staff at the school have worked extremely hard to ensure the children’s progress in maths is more interactive, challenging and practical and recent data supports this.

“Senior leaders and governors continue to take action to ensure the school makes progress towards obtaining a ‘good’ Ofsted rating at their next inspection.”