Updated: Wednesday, 11th December 2019 @ 10:06pm

Ofsted report condemns Oldham primary school, and drops rating level due to 'inconsistent' teaching

Ofsted report condemns Oldham primary school, and drops rating level due to 'inconsistent' teaching

By Andrew Bardsley

An Oldham primary school is being criticised by Ofsted inspectors after regressing from being a ‘satisfactory’ school to ‘requiring improvement.’

Clarksfield Primary School, on Grasmere Road, was visited by Ofsted inspectors last month and a damning report reveals that teaching is ‘not consistently good across the school as some lessons get off to a slow start’.

In addition the report says teacher’s expectations of pupils are not high enough, which as a result inhibits educational attainment.

Headteacher Trish O’Donnell remained upbeat and said: “We are particularly pleased that the inspection team judged that our school is an improving school in all aspects.

“We are delighted that our many strengths were recognised throughout the inspection.”

Yet the achievement of girls in maths is not meeting the rate of boys, as Ofsted says teaching does not provide enough opportunities for them to apply basic skills.

Phil Coombe, Chair of Governors, said he was pleased that Ofsted reported that the school experienced success in trying to implement recommendations from their last report in January 2011.

Inspectors noted that the school had implemented issues that were raised in the last report, but that strategies introduced by managers to raise standards were not yet fully effective.

An Oldham Council spokesperson said: “We will continue to work with the school to help strengthen those areas which require improvement and ensure the best possible outcome for pupils.”

One area which Ofsted praised the school for was their links with the local community.

Mrs O’Donnell said: “Clarksfield Primary School is a community school and we are very proud to serve the community.

“The whole school team works together tirelessly with dedication and determination to secure the best learning outcomes for the pupils of Clarksfield.”

The behaviour of the children was also praised, but the Ofsted judged that overall much can be done to improve standards.

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