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Standards on up in school; KINGSTANDING: Pupils make satisfactory progress, say inspectors.

Byline: By Tony Collins

STANDARDS are continuing to rise at a north Birmingham primary school, Government inspectors have revealed.

Education watchdogs Ofsted said the overall effectiveness of Kings Rise Community Primary, in Hornsey Road, Kingstanding, is satisfactory.

The school has undergone a number of staff changes in the two years since its previous inspection, including the appointment of a new head teacher, Anita Petit, who replaced Carol Lyndon.

Inspectors who visited the 241-pupil school over two days in December said the number of pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is above the national average.

But Ofsted said in its report that pupils make satisfactory progress in reading, writing and maths, with a small proportion making good progress.

This was because of satisfactory provision and teaching.

Inspectors said the majority of children are working well below early learning goals when they enter Kings Rise school.

Attainment in reading, writing and maths had been exceptionally low, but systems for monitoring the performance of pupils was introduced, together with targeted support for individuals and a new approach to the teaching of writing.

These combined actions had a positive impact because rates of progress improved for pupils and is now satisfactory.

Teaching is regarded as satisfactory and occasionally good. The academic guidance that pupils receive is satisfactory, but in too many lessons teachers set tasks that do not sufficiently challenge all groups of pupils.

Pupils' personal development and well-being are also satisfactory, the report added.

"The school is proud of the progress it has made in improving pupils' behaviour," added the inspectors.

"A whole-school approach that rewards pupils for following the school rules encourages pupils to behave satisfactorily in and around classrooms."

Ofsted concluded that the school's capacity to improve further is satisfactory because the head, governors and senior staff have a "sound understanding" of what it needs to do.


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Date:Jan 21, 2008
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