A primary school has been told to improve its quality of education and early years provision following an Ofsted inspection.

Springfield Primary School in Bailey Street, Earby, was inspected on April 16 and 17, and a report into Ofsted’s findings was published earlier this week.

Ofsted said the behaviour and attitudes of the students and their personal development were at a good level, but the quality of education, leadership and management, and early years provision required improvement.

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The report said: “In some subjects, teachers do not teach parts of the essential knowledge set out in the curriculum in sufficient detail. This includes vocabulary.

"As a result, pupils have gaps in their knowledge. The school should ensure teachers have the training they need to deliver the curriculum as intended, so pupils are well prepared for the next step of education.

“In some areas of learning within the early years curriculum, staff are not clear on what children need to learn. This means that some activities do not support children to learn well or to develop their spoken language.

"The school should ensure that staff use assessment information to devise learning activities that help children build up a deep knowledge of language.”

The report went on to say when teaching phonics the school does not ensure pupils’ gaps in knowledge have been identified accurately, meaning some learning activities do not help them to build a secure body of language.

Despite this, Ofsted said the Springfield Primary was a “welcoming school” that provides a caring and inclusive place for pupils to learn and instils the importance of respect in their pupils.

The report continued: “The school has high expectations for pupils’ behaviour. Pupils across the school, including children in the early years, behave well.

"This means they can get on with their learning without disruption. Those who need extra support in managing their emotions are well supported by staff.

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“Pupils value the opportunities they have to take on responsibilities such as being head pupil or a member of the school council. Such experiences teach them about the importance of teamwork and responsibility.”

It added that students with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) achieve well at the school and that safeguarding measures are effective.