Inspectors say Kettering school has improved

Kettering Brambleside School OFSTED: Head Teacher Danielle Warren, with pupils.'18/06/12

Kettering Brambleside School OFSTED: Head Teacher Danielle Warren, with pupils.'18/06/12

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A primary school expects to come out of its notice to improve next academic year after inspectors said it was making satisfactory progress.

An Ofsted inspection of Brambleside Primary School in Kettering has found pupils’ attainment in English, teaching standards and monitoring by the headteacher and governors are all improving.

Headteacher Danielle Warren said: “By continuing along this current path of improvement Brambleside looks set to come out of its notice to improve early in the next academic year.”

Inspectors returned to check the school’s progress last month after it was formally told to improve following an inspection in November.

The last inspection found pupils made good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 but pupils’ progress in Key Stage 2 was much weaker, particularly in writing.

Inspectors last month said pupils still make stronger progress in Key Stage 1 than 2, but better teaching, a better curriculum and increased extended writing practice is driving up English standards for older pupils.

Teaching is improving but the school is still slightly below its target that 80 per cent of teaching should be good. The inspectors said teachers are providing good quality marking and are monitoring pupils more carefully and observe some ‘highly-effective teaching’.

Three new governors and a new chairman have been appointed after inspectors told senior leaders and managers to ensure improvements happened and continued.

In a letter to the headteacher, inspector Jeremy Hence said: “Having considered all the evidence, I am of the opinion that at this time the school is making satisfactory progress in addressing the issues for improvement and in raising the pupils’ achievement.”