A village school that was told its standards were in decline, now have “a strong desire and ambition” to improve, according to Ofsted.
In January, Kensworth Church of England Primary School was told by the schools watchdog that it ‘requires improvement’ due to shortcomings with teaching, leadership and the achievement of pupils.
Inspectors followed up the judgement with a visit last month, when the school’s plans for improvement were thoroughly checked.
According to a report of the March meeting, which has been made public for the first time this week, Kensworth is now on the road to recovery.
HM inspector Linda Killman wrote: “A strong desire and ambition to move the school to good was evident in all discussions with you (headteacher Annelore Kentish), key subject leaders and governors.
“Staff morale is high and most (but not all) staff are ‘going the extra mile’ to make the necessary improvements.
“Actions in the school improvement plan are generally fit for purpose.”
Despite the positives Mrs Killman urged the school to up its performance in its youngest classes.
She wrote: “The quality of provision across the early years is too variable.
“You, and the early years leader, have made clear your expectations and you have involved advisors or consultants to provide an external view.
“In pre-school, however, the rate of improvement is too slow with the quality of provision markedly weaker than in the reception class.”