Updated: Tuesday, 23rd July 2019 @ 3:52pm

Gorton primary school branded 'inadequate' as 'low expectations' of pupils see standards sink

Gorton primary school branded 'inadequate' as 'low expectations' of pupils see standards sink

| By Alex Lanigan

Poor levels of teaching and a lack of leadership at an ‘inadequate’ Manchester primary school are just a number of issues highlighted in a scathing Ofsted report.

St James’ C of E Primary School in Gorton saw its Ofsted rating fall dramatically from the ‘good’ rating it received in 2011 to ‘inadequate’ after its most recent inspection on March 27-28.

The inspection, led by Marie Cordey, found that the school was lacking in a number of key areas including the quality of teaching, the achievement of pupils, the behaviour and safety of pupils as well as the leadership and management of the school.

One of the findings from the report stated that teacher’s low expectations of pupils had resulted in below-average standards and that teaching is not consistently good enough to ensure that pupils are making the necessary progress they need to.

The damaging report also found that there ‘has been a significant decline in the school’s effectiveness since its previous inspection. Standards have fallen and are below where they should be. Pupils’ progress is inadequate and weaknesses in teaching are evident.’

In response to this report, a spokesman from Manchester City Council said: “We're working closely with the school and Diocese to ensure the issues raised in the report are addressed as quickly as possible.”

It was not all negative though as the report said that the inspectors found the pupils in the school were courteous and respectful.

However, as a result of the inadequate rating the school will receive regular monitoring by Ofsted inspectors.

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