Niton Primary: Ofsted labels ‘Inadequate’ – The Detail

Brutal report finds fault with nearly every level of the school from top to bottom, except pupils, recent temporary Head and Reception to Year 2 teaching.

Niton Primary School

Another Isle of Wight school, this time Niton Primary, has been branded as ‘Inadequate’ by its latest Ofsted report, concluding, “This is a school that requires special measures.”

The school has dropped one grade from its previous inspection, two years earlier, which found it to be ‘Satisfactory’.

The only non-Inadequate rating was a ‘Good’ score for Behaviour and safety of pupils.

Some positives
The report (below) contains a lot of criticism, but the Reception class, Years 1 & 2 are praised, “because the teaching is good and the environment is exciting and inviting”.

One of the few other positive comments is about the recently-appointed Consultant Headmaster, Martin Lee, who was only recently brought in after the Head, Ingrid Ramsdale-Capper, has been on long-term sick leave.

Ofstead inspectors say he “has brought in some rapid changes that are having an immediate effect on governors’ understanding of their role and in developing systems for improving teaching.”

Mr Lee is only at the school three days a week, with the school being managed by a Senior Teacher for the remaining two days.

Lots of criticism
The Ofsted inspectors have levelled a lot of criticism at Niton Primary, at pretty much every section of the school.

We recommend reading the full report to get all of the details, but here’s a sample:-

The headteacher, managers and governing body have not done enough to tackle the serious shortcomings in the school’s effectiveness.

The school’s judgements about how well the school is performing are too positive.

Pupils in Key Stage 2 do not make enough progress from the very high standards they achieve at the end of Year 2. Teachers do not set work that is hard enough for many of these pupils.

Pupils’ progress is not checked often enough, and so pupils or groups who are falling behind are not identified sufficiently quickly.

Teaching is not improving enough and teachers are not being held to account for the progress of the pupils they teach.

Until very recently, the governing body has not had enough training or been given sufficiently detailed information to understand how well the school is performing. It has not demanded explanations from the school’s leaders for the poor progress of pupils.

How to improve
Ofsted lists a range of actions that it recommends taking to improve the school on page three of their report. There include improving the quality of teaching, the leadership of teaching and developing the skills of leaders and managers.

The Governors are advised to hold school leaders ‘robustly’ to account for the school’s performance.

The Ofsted report in full

Contact details
Niton Primary School
School Lane
Isle of Wight
PO38 2BP
Tel: 01983 730209

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Thursday, 12th September, 2013 11:25am



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  1. retiredhack

    12.Sep.2013 1:10pm

    It seems from this report (and from what I hear), that the best thing that could happen for this school would be for the recently-appointed consultant headmaster, Martin Lee, to become the permanent headmaster.

    Ofsted reports are often fairly coded in their criticism. This one isn’t. It’s truly awful.

  2. Ventnor Vintner

    13.Sep.2013 10:34am

    I have a child at the school and my wife was at the meeting to discuss the report and issues last night. Parents are concerned but very supportive of this lovely school which provides a safe and nurturing environment for pupils to learn. It might surprise anyone reading this article and the report to learn that last year’s year 6 pupils left the school with grades above the national average. It appears however that the SATs marks after key stage one have, for some time, been inflated. As a result pupils have shown less progression in key stage 2.

    This goes some way to explain one of the major criticisms in the report, but is not an area the report looked at as SAT results at the end of year 2 are not externally moderated.

    Much of the criticism focusses on mathematics teaching which has been done in the school using the “maths makes sense” system, which has now been abandoned by the school for more conventional methods.

    I do not deny that there are problems in teaching, management and governorship at the school, but I would suggest that it is not all doom and gloom. It is a great school with a few issues and it needs a shake up in some areas. (The progress of children with SENs is an area which needs to be addressed as a priority. I suspect that most parents would agree with me.

    The staff need support and encouragement at a difficult time and thanks for the great work that they have been doing and will continue to do. Strong leadership will also be required going forward too.

  3. Don’t worry, OFSTED reports are fixed to force academy status onto them, look at this:

    Why is Ofsted lashing out against primary schools?

    “Swingeing reports by the inspection body are forcing primaries into academy status and tarnishing its independent reputation.”

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    • woodworker

      16.Sep.2013 6:49pm

      “Don’t worry, OFSTED reports are fixed to force academy status onto them”

      So… why are most of the Islands secondary schools, which are already academies, also rated Inadequate? Is there a fix to force academy status on them too? Wait, there cant be, they already have Academy status.

      Dont be so ridiculously paranoid. OFSTED assess the school based on what they find when they walk in the door, nothing else.

      • Must be something divine about Academies then or maybe something empirical. It is a miracle that the Secondaries (including the new colleges) on the island are suddenly turning round so shortly after an OFSTED visit. But then for some it is a question of faith in OFSTED isn’t it. Maybe the Guardian report is factually showing what we know to be happening around the country.Maybe the teaching unions, who have also no faith, have a point.


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