Friday, 17 September 2021

School is still 'good'

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A PRIMARY school in Henley has retained its “good” rating from the education watchdog Ofsted.

Valley Road School was inspected last month for the first time since 2012.

In a letter to headteacher Tim Coulson, inspector William James praised the school’s leadership team, saying it had maintained the “good quality” of education in the school since the last inspection.

He continued: “As headteacher, you have galvanised the school staff and local community to share your ambition to achieve the very best for the pupils.

“Working closely with other school leaders, you have effectively developed a leadership structure that focuses on teamwork and shared accountability.

“Leaders are effective in carrying out their roles and are held to account for their areas of responsibility. As a result, the school’s capacity to maintain, develop and deliver improvements is effective.

“You make sure that pupils enjoy their learning in a caring and secure environment that has a strong focus on developing pupils’ personal skills.

“Pupils are proud of their school and so work hard, are confident and appreciate the good learning opportunities provided.”

Mr James said the last inspection identified the need to improve teachers’ use of assessment so that work set was of a suitable challenge for pupils of varying abilities and the most able pupils in particular.

Work in these areas had been “effective” and the most able pupils were being set more challenging work in reading, writing and maths.

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