Primary school where lessons can be 'disrupted' told it must improve

Wordsworth Primary School has been rated 'requires improvement' by Ofsted <i>(Image: Google Maps)</i>
Wordsworth Primary School has been rated 'requires improvement' by Ofsted (Image: Google Maps)

A SOUTHAMPTON school where lessons can be "disrupted" has been told it must improve.

Wordsworth Primary School in Shirley has been rated 'requires improvement' by Ofsted following an inspection at the end of March.

Two out of five categories - behaviours and attitudes and leadership and management - were given the grade.

The other three - quality of education, personal development, and early years provision - were all rated 'good' at the Victor Street school.

Inspectors said that although most pupils are "attentive" in lessons, learning can be "disrupted" at times because some pupils do not behave well.

This happens because pupils do not fully understand the school rules and staff do not consistently implement them, the report said.

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It noted that staff do not always receive clear direction and support from school leaders.

There is a "lack of clarity" about how behaviour should be managed, both within lessons and at breaktimes.

Inspectors said: "This inconsistent approach results in some pupils not engaging fully with their learning.

"In addition, when pupils raise concerns about behaviour over lunchtimes these are not always effectively addressed."

Despite this, inspectors found that pupils "achieve well".

They added that children "get off to a strong start" in early years because the staff know the children well.

They described the children as happy and engrossed in their activities.

Teachers have "strong subject knowledge", the report said.

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In mathematics and music, teachers show pupils what success looks like through demonstration of methods and techniques.

Leaders ensure that teachers know how to identify and help pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

This means that all pupils access the full curriculum with appropriate support.

The Daily Echo has contacted Wordsworth Primary School for a comment and is waiting for a response.