Ipswich: Sprites and Morland Primary schools told they need to improve following Ofsted inspections

Head Teacher Shaun Valentine

Head Teacher Shaun Valentine

Two schools in Ipswich have been told to make improvements after visits by Ofsted inspectors.

Morland Primary School in Morland Road and Sprites Primary School in Stonechat Road were subjected to inspections last month and deemed as “requires improvement”, which replaced the old “satisfactory” grade in the new Ofsted framework.

A report published this week noted that Sprites has been downgraded from “good” to “requires improvement” because “leaders responsible for English and mathematics have not taken the necessary steps to improve teaching and raise standards in their subjects”.

Other problem areas include pupils not making enough progress in reading, writing and maths by the end of Year 2 and mathematics by the end of Year 6 because teaching is not consistently good enough.

Inspector Robin Taverner also highlighted the school’s strengths – parents think highly of the school, pupils are well-behaved and polite and have a good attitude to learning.

The school was also commended for its work in tracking the progress and attainment of all pupils.

A statement from headteacher Shaun Valentine and chair of governors Mark Tucker said: “In view of the consistency of the conclusions of the inspection and the self-evaluation, the school is well placed to implement its development plan and to build on the improvements already identified by the Ofsted process.”

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Particular areas the school needs to improve in are greater consistency in the quality of teaching, leadership and attainment in aspects of English and maths and more effective governance of the school.

Meanwhile Morland Primary School was told to improve because pupil achievement in reading, writing and mathematics, although getting better, is not consistently good.

The report also found that more able pupils do not make good progress because teachers do not always plan lessons to meet the needs of pupils of all levels of attainment precisely enough.

Inspector Sheelagh Barnes also reported that the school’s strengths are in good behaviour while the commitment of the headteacher to provide a caring, healthy and welcoming environment for pupils has resulted in a happy and well-ordered school.

Improvements the school can make to raise the quality of teaching and learning include ensuring teachers plan lessons for all needs and abilities and give pupils a clear understanding of what they need to do to improve further.

Is your child a pupil at Morland or Sprites? What do you think of the reports’ findings? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email starnews@archant.co.uk