Bexleyheath primary school requires improvment in every key area - Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 12:49 24 September 2013 | UPDATED: 12:49 24 September 2013

A Bexleyheath primary school needs to improve in every key area according to its latest Ofsted inspection.

The schools watchdog found that the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management at Normandy Primary School in Fairford Avenue are all below par in the report released earlier this month.

The specific criticisms include: “Essential skills in literacy are not taught consistently well across the school” and “too many pupils do not attend often enough”.

In the school’s last inspection in July 2011, under the old grading system, Ofsted said Normandy was overall satisfactory with some room for improvement.

On a positive note, inspectors praised behaviour and achievement in Year 6 lessons and added that action is taken against weak teaching.

A spokesman for the school said: “Although the Ofsted inspection carried out in July found our school in need of improvement, this does not mean that we are a school of concern. Governors, parents, staff and pupils will be working hard to address the points they raised and we shall continue our trend of improvement to become a good school.

“We are an expanding community school with a very enthusiastic and strong leadership team. We are pleased that the report highlighted a number of really good features in the school, including the rising trend in pupil achievement, the good progress of pupils made over time, the support for pupils, the success of the schools nurture group and the exemplary behaviour of our Year 6 pupils.”

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