Good school

PUBLISHED: 02:01 09 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:08 10 June 2010

AN OFSTED inspector has recommended three areas of improvement to teaching staff at Otterton Church of England Primary School. Describing the smaller than average school as a good school: providing a good education for pupils", inspector Michael Barron s

AN OFSTED inspector has recommended three areas of improvement to teaching staff at Otterton Church of England Primary School.Describing the smaller than average school as "a good school... providing a good education for pupils", inspector Michael Barron suggests further improvements could be made to "raise standards in English throughout the school by improving standards in writing, especially boys' writing".He also wants head teacher Pat Fowler and staff to ensure marking "consistently provides pupils with effective guidance about how to improve their work".Pupils should also be made more aware of the multicultural nature of modern British society.Mr Barron describes the school of 90 pupils as having above the national average of children with learning difficulties and/or disabilities."Children currently in the reception class entered the school with below average skills," he states, adding it provides a good education and prepares pupils well for their next level of education."The school has made good progress since the last inspection... raising standards and achievement in reading in Year Two, and demonstrates a good capacity to improve in the future," he reports."Parents value the good quality of education the school provides for their children and have very positive views of the school."Standards in maths and science are above average at Otterton, while standards in writing, particularly boys' writing, are lower than in other subjects."The school is now in the process of developing a curriculum which links subjects together and encourages pupils to develop and use their writing skills in other subject areas," he reports.Pupils' attitudes were good and they enjoyed ICT lessons, science and sports, achieving high standards in these subjects.Lessons are well structured and enjoyable.Mr Barron said the school provides good care, guidance and support for pupils and has a pleasant family atmosphere and "consistently good teaching".

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