Search

Meadow Primary makes good progress

PUBLISHED: 09:35 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:12 05 July 2010

MEADOW Primary School in Lowestoft has made good improvements since their last Ofsted report, with capacity to improve further, say inspectors.

The school in Enstone Road, Lowestoft, which achieved all grade twos are on target for raising their standards again, with pupils seen to thoroughly enjoy school, meeting challenging, but achievable targets, while the teaching staff use careful planning to ensure that the range of needs in classes are met.

MEADOW Primary School in Lowestoft has made good improvements since their last Ofsted report, with capacity to improve further, say inspectors.

The school in Enstone Road, Lowestoft, which achieved all grade twos are on target for raising their standards again, with pupils seen to thoroughly enjoy school, meeting challenging, but achievable targets, while the teaching staff use careful planning to ensure that the range of needs in classes are met.

However the problem with attendance was highlighted with a significant proportion of pupils absent for reasons that are not authorised, interrupting their learning and slowing progress.

Ultimately the behaviour of the children was praised, especially the school council who play an active part in promoting good practice.

And by the time the children leave school standards in all the core subjects are broadly average, with some pupils doing very well.

Where performance fluctuates teaching is adapted and interventions put into effect ensure that pupils do not fall behind.

Improvements are underway in science as it had been noted by staff that standards had weakened, while the budget has been adapted to make funds available to improve the early year's provision and maintain the successful breakfast club.

The school was deemed to take good care of their pupils, enabling them to thrive and parents are given a chance to become more involved in their children's learning with family learning classes.

The early years department is good with resources effectively employed to ensure children enjoy what they do and engage with the activities to the best effect.

The school makes good use of national guidance to provide with the knowledge and skills they need. Planning is adjusted effectively to meet the needs of pupils of different abilities. This enables pupils to work individually or in small groups, wherever appropriate.

“Pupils make good progress because of the good and sometimes outstanding teaching. Pupils who have difficulty managing their own behaviours are often dealt with extremely well,” said the report.

“Teachers have skills across a range of subjects to pupils of different ages and of similar abilities.

“The headteacher and senior leaders have successfully introduced initiatives to improve pupils' thinking skills and to raise standards in maths and science. An ongoing drive to improve writing is also beginning to show success.”

David Clarke, headteacher at the school said they were thrilled with the report. “The thing that really stood out was that inspectors said the pupils' enjoyment of school was outstanding.

“During the course of the inspection process when inspectors see an outstanding lesson they come and tell you and I had several of those conversations.”


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Lowestoft Journal. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Lowestoft Journal