New Caldicot school gets poor marks

South Wales Argus: SWA MIKE LEWIS 5 2 13 REPORTER
DEWSTOW PRIMARY  SCHOOL OF THE WEEK
HEADTEACHER GILLIAN BRAY (3336186) SWA MIKE LEWIS 5 2 13 REPORTER DEWSTOW PRIMARY SCHOOL OF THE WEEK HEADTEACHER GILLIAN BRAY (3336186)

A MULTI-MILLION pound primary school which open-ed 16 months ago has been placed only one category above special measures by inspectors.

The 230-pupil Dewstow Primary School in Caldicot, formed when Green Lane Juniors and West End Infant schools merged, at a cost of around £7m, was criticised after Estyn inspectors found that the writing skills of most pupils were under-dev-eloped; pupils’ Welsh second language skills were limited; and teachers’ expectations of pupils were often too low.

“This school is in need of significant improvement,” said the report.

Despite “ample resources”, both performance and prospects for improvement were described as “adequate”, as opposed to “unsatisfactory”, “good” or “excellent”.

But inspectors said it was too early to evaluate many aspects of the newly-created school, including the impact of the recently-formed senior management team.

The report continued: “The school will draw up an action plan which shows how it is going to address the recommendations.

“Estyn will monitor the school’s progress about 12 months after the publication of this report.”

The significant improvement category is one of five available to inspectors, ranging from excellent practice case study (the best), to local authority monitoring, Estyn monitoring, significant improvement, or special measures (the worst).

A spokesman for Monmouthshire council said: “We will be working to ensure that the action points they raise are acted upon.”

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5:30pm Fri 10 Jan 14

cantbelieveitsnotbetter says...

I'm usually quite critical of schools, but taken at face value, this seems a bit harsh as the school hasn't been there too long- two schools merging etc. would mean that much of the kids performance is historic-influenced by their time at previous school? Surely?
I'm usually quite critical of schools, but taken at face value, this seems a bit harsh as the school hasn't been there too long- two schools merging etc. would mean that much of the kids performance is historic-influenced by their time at previous school? Surely? cantbelieveitsnotbetter
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7:36pm Fri 10 Jan 14

emmaw86 says...

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I'm usually quite critical of schools, but taken at face value, this seems a bit harsh as the school hasn't been there too long- two schools merging etc. would mean that much of the kids performance is historic-influenced by their time at previous school? Surely?
True, but what about the teachers attitudes re expectations? This school (and the two that merged) has a catchment area that includes a lot of social housing etc, its going to take a while to "retrain" the pupils way of thinking/learning I expect.
[quote][p][bold]cantbelieveitsnotbet ter[/bold] wrote: I'm usually quite critical of schools, but taken at face value, this seems a bit harsh as the school hasn't been there too long- two schools merging etc. would mean that much of the kids performance is historic-influenced by their time at previous school? Surely?[/p][/quote]True, but what about the teachers attitudes re expectations? This school (and the two that merged) has a catchment area that includes a lot of social housing etc, its going to take a while to "retrain" the pupils way of thinking/learning I expect. emmaw86
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