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Good marks for Stafford schools

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: February 23, 2013

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STAFFORD’S Burton Manor Primary School has been praised for its continuing good performance.


Burton Manor was graded as good by Ofsted in 2010.

Schools judged to be good are now inspected less frequently than other schools but inspectors carry out interim assessments to ensure they are continuing to improve.

Ofsted completed an interim inspection at the beginning of the year and inspectors said the school had sustained its performance and its next full inspection could be deferred until 2014.

Geoff Rowlands, chairman of the governors, said: “The decision of Ofsted to defer the inspection until next year reflects on all the hard work undertaken by the headteacher, staff, parents and governors to continue to improve the quality of learning for the pupils from the previous good report.” Meanwhile, St John’s CE Primary School in Weston Road, has been ranked good by Ofsted after previously been judged as adequate.

The Weston Road school was inspected in January and was praised for the progress pupils made, good teaching and above average attendance.

They highlighted the Early Years Foundation stage as a strength of the school and the effective leadership of the headteacher, supported by governors.

However, inspectors said there was room for improvement.

They recommended pupils were set challenging long-term targets and given clear guidance on how to reach them.

Ofsted inspectors also recommended pupils were given more opportunities to learn about the lives of people from other cultures.

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