A school in Wellingborough has been classed as having “serious weaknesses” by Ofsted inspectors.
St Barnabas Church of England School was inspected in February.
The inspectors’ judgements were based on progress and attainment over time and past results have shown a decline in standards.
However, the report does acknowledge many strengths within the school, says St Barnabas, the most important of which is the leadership and management which is “having a positive impact on the accelerated progress of the pupils”.
Headteacher Sue Campbell said: “We were pleased that the teaching of phonics was recognised as good and that children make good progress through the Early Years Foundation Stage.
“We also know that the current Year 2 children are making accelerated progress and will achieve better results at the end of this year.
“Our marking and feedback policy was recognised as contributing to improvements, and relationships between staff and pupils are good.
“Pupils have a good knowledge of how to keep themselves safe and act responsibly and are polite when unsupervised around school.
“The inspection confirmed that the areas we have already identified in our current development plan are ones which will move the school forward quickly.”