Houghton Regis Primary School has been rated by Ofsted as ‘requiring improvement’, five years after it was judged as ‘good’ in 2012.
The inspectors who visited the St Michaels Avenue school found that ‘leadership and management’, ‘teaching learning and assessment’, ‘outcomes for pupils’, and ‘early years provision’ required improvement, whilst ‘personal development, behaviour and welfare’ were judged as good.
They said: “Teachers have not ensured that pupils make rapid progress in reading, writing and mathematics at key stage 2. Teaching, learning and assessment are not consistently good. The most able pupils underachieve.”
However, the inspectors noted that the new headteacher, Bernice Waite, had made a “good start” since joining in September 2016, with the large majority of parents supporting and recommending the school, its pupils proud.
Teaching at key stage 1 was “effective”, as was the school’s safeguarding arrangements, while staff met behaviourial needs of children “very well”.
Measures for improvement include: ensuring that senior and curriculum leaders have the necessary skills to contribute to improving the school, developing staff knowledge of the national curriculum at key stage 2, consolidating the systems for tracking pupils’ progress, raising the expectation of what pupils can do, and increasing practise of problem solving and writing skills.
Headteacher, Bernice Waite, said: “I felt the report concurred with the general assessment of where the school was. This is the first time that Ofsted have inspected the school since the transition from lower school to primary (September 2013). The children’s education is our priority; the entire staff and governing body are working hard to ensure the high standards which we aim to provide are met and exceeded.
“With specific action plans in place I am confident that we are moving forward and parents are supportive of the approach which we are taking.”