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St Nicolas Junior School is "good" says Ofsted

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ST NICOLAS Junior School, Newbury, has gone up from requires improvement in 2013 to good in its most recent inspection.

Ofsted visited the Link Road School in May and found that it was ‘good’ in all four key categories.

The inspection report notes that school leaders have driven “considerable improvements since the last inspection”.

“In particular, there has been a concerted and successful effort to improve the quality of teaching, which is now good.

“The improved quality of teaching has resulted in pupils making more rapid progress and their achievement is now good.

“For example, pupils’ progress in mathematics this year has been very strong in all year groups.”

Pupil behaviour and attitudes towards learning were highlighted as being good and that pupils found lessons both interesting and fun and teachers “always provide good levels of challenge which enable them to extend their learning”.

It was noted as not yet being outstanding because teachers didn’t always use their assessments in lessons of the skills and knowledge that pupils have already mastered to adapt their teaching, and they did not take enough opportunities to refer to pupil targets when marking.

Headteacher Keith Harvey said: “We are delighted with Ofsted’s
findings and their subsequent

“It is reassuring to see the effort of both staff and children officially recognised.

“We are already working on the action points and working hard to continuously improve to reach the outstanding grade that everyone at the school deserves.”

West Berkshire executive member for education Dominic Boeck called it an “inspiring” report.

He said: “The school’s collective efforts at achieving the best possible results are paying off and St Nicolas is clearly a good school well on the way to being outstanding.”

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