School told to improve by Ofsted

Hawes Side Primary School in Marton.
Hawes Side Primary School in Marton.
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A Blackpool primary school has been given notice to improve by government inspectors.

In its latest Ofsted inspection, Hawes Side Academy has been told the achievement of its pupils, its quality of teaching and leadership and management requires improvement.

The status is the equivalent of the old ‘satisfactory’ measure in former inspections.Inspectors reported the teaching was not good enough between years one and six to enable pupils to achieve consistently well, and that teachers sometimes accepted work was not of a good enough quality.

They said the teachers’ marking did not always provide good guidance on how to improve the work.

The report, which was published this month, adds: “There are times when teachers compliment work that is of a poor quality.”

But the school on Pedder’s Lane, South Shore, was praised for the “courteous, friendly and polite” pupils.

The behaviour and safety of pupils was deemed to be good. The report also said unconfirmed data from recent national assessments show attainment at the end of Year 6 is likely to be above the national average in reading and mathematics for those attaining the higher Level 6.

And pupils told the inspectors they like their teachers.

The report adds: “There is some good and outstanding teaching across the school.”

Lee Glynn, deputy headteacher, said: “The school is continuing to increase the amount of good and outstanding teaching that exists, as highlighted in the inspection report. Our education standards remain above those nationally and have increased year on year. Our team recognises its many strengths, including its international and environmental work.”

The school will now be given a full inspection within 24 months from the date of this inspection, which was carried out in July.