School is good say inspectors

Staff at a south Shropshire primary school have been praised by Ofsted inspectors for their leadership.

Government inspectors visited Corvedale CofE Primary School in Diddlebury, near Craven Arms, last month.

On a previous inspection in 2014, the school was rated a good and on this visit inspectors judged it to remain as good.

Amanda Clugston, Ofsted Inspector, said: "The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You, the governors and senior leaders provide effective leadership to the school. Leaders regularly monitor and review the quality of teaching and the progress pupils are making.

"Teachers use information about pupils’ progress well to plan lessons and identify those pupils who would benefit from extra support. This year, because of effective teaching, the majority of pupils have made good progress. However, the effect of additional support is not always evaluated closely enough and used to inform future plans.

"Teachers plan interesting opportunities for pupils to write in lessons. Pupils’ books show that they write stories, information texts, accounts and letters. The effect of this is that pupils are increasingly motivated to write more and they are using adventurous vocabulary to express their ideas.

"Parents and carers spoke positively about the online resources for reading and mathematics that you have made available for them to use at home.

"Pupils enjoy coming to school and their behaviour is typically good. Pupils are confident in lessons, inquisitive and eager to learn. For example, pupils in a history lesson wrote thoughtful and well-prepared questions in response to studying a map about the Great Fire of London.

"The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. As part of checking these arrangements, leaders have recently commissioned a safeguarding audit. The persons responsible for safeguarding attend frequent training and provide updates to staff so that they are clear about how to recognise potential abuse or neglect and how to raise concerns."

She added: "The leadership team has a consistent focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning. Leaders have worked with the local authority adviser and other schools to review and validate their work. For example, staff visit other schools to moderate their judgements on pupils’ attainment and progress. They undertake reviews of pupils’ books with the local authority adviser to evaluate the progress pupils make."

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