Primary schools told they must improve

Ofsted inspectors have told two of the area’s primary schools they ‘require improvement’ and pupils’ progress is not good enough.

Middle Rasen Primary School and Nettleton Primary School have both been given a ‘requires improvement’ rating after visits from Ofsted inspectors.

Inspectors said Middle Rasen Primary School pupils had “inconsistent” progress in maths and there was sometimes “insufficient” emphasis on the importance of spelling and presentation of work.

The report said leadership - including the governing 
body - did not make sure pupils made consistently good progress.

The school was praised for its teaching of reading skills, creative development, attendance and good behaviour.

Middle Rasen Primary School headteacher Melonie Brunton said: “We’ve taken on board the comments made by Ofsted - excellent attendance, good behaviour and good progress in reading - and have been working really hard with governors and the authority to address the other issues raised.

“We’re now looking forward to the HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate) visit when we can show the progress made since December.”

Inspectors told Nettleton Primary School the standards pupils reach in maths are not good enough and marking does not always show pupils how to improve their work.

The report stated: “Not enough pupils reach higher grades in writing at key stage one. This means the school’s youngest pupils in years one and two.”

But the inspection report pointed out governors and school leaders are strongly committed to improving the school - headteacher Andrew Smith took over the running of the school earlier this year after the previous headteacher retired.

It stated: “The whole school is firmly committed to a new set of values that make everyone want to do better.”

And inspectors highlighted how pupils enjoy schools, are successful at reading and their behaviour is good.

Mr Smith said: “We’re very confident we’ve made significant improvements already.”

Mr Smith said Nettleton Primary School was working with Market Rasen Primary School - where he is also headteacher - and he was confident the school would be rated ‘good’, or better, at its next inspection.