School told to improve after Ofsted inspection

Mayfield Primary School, St Annes
Mayfield Primary School, St Annes
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Inconsistency saw a primary school lose its rating of ‘good’ following a visit by Ofsted.

The education watchdog said exam results and the quality of teaching at Mayfield Primary School in St Leonard’s Road East, St Annes, has been ‘variable’ since its last inspection in 2013, and reduced its overall rating to ‘requires improvement’.

In a report, Ofsted said: “Over the last three years, progress at key stage two in reading, writing, and mathematics has been variable and often significantly below the national average.”

Results dipped in 2016 and did not improve last year, it said, while attendance was also not good enough.

“Too many pupils, particularly those who are disadvantaged, are regularly absent from school,” the report, published yesterday following a visit by a team of inspectors last month, said.

But Ofsted did note several positives.

New headteacher Jonathon Weeden has an ‘accurate overview of the school’s priorities’ and is ‘strongly focused on bringing about improvements’.

Pupils feel safe, have a ‘positive attitude about learning’, and feel ‘proud’ of their school,.

“Safeguarding is given a high priority. Standards of behaviour are exemplary,” the report said. “Children get off to a flying start to their education in the early years. Staff welcome them into a stimulating environment, where they feel safe.”

Mr Weeden said he believed the school is a ‘good’ one, and pledged: “Both myself and the leadership are very clear on how we can further improve, and we were prior to Ofsted coming.”