Boys and girls making rapid improvement


Teaching at a lower school is consistently good and often outstanding.

That was the judgement when Ofsted visited Derwent Lower School in Henlow Camp at the end of January.

The school received the second highest grading of ‘good’ in all areas.

The report states: “All groups of pupils currently in the school are making good progress.

“Pupils typically begin school with skills that are below the levels expected and leave Year Four with attainment that is usually above the level expected for their age group in reading, writing and mathematics.”

Boys and girls progress as well as each other.

The inspector said: “There has been a rapid improvement in the quality of teaching since the new headteacher’s appointment.

“All teaching seen during the inspection was at least good and half was outstanding.”

Teachers plan interesting lessons, which the children enjoy. Pupils behave well and are polite. The governors support the school well.

To improve further more-able pupils should be challenged further in some lessons and parents should be given more details about their children’s progress.