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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Inspectors praise Barrow pupils’ ‘outstanding’ behaviour

INSPECTORS have praised the behaviour of pupils as ‘outstanding’ after a visit to a Barrow school.

Victoria Junior School, in Devonshire Road, Barrow, was rated as ‘good’ after an Ofsted inspection in July.

The school, which has 216 pupils, was awarded good in three of four categories but was ranked outstanding in the behaviour and safety of pupils.

Inspectors praised the behaviour of pupils as “exceptional” and achievement at the end of Year 6 was judged to be above average with good teaching.

However, the report was not all positive, with teachers criticised for marking that does not always highlight errors in work along with information about pupils’ progress also coming under fire.

Louise Murphy, lead inspector, said: “The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. Pupils have a highly positive attitude toward learning. They say that teachers make learning so much fun that ‘even children who don’t like learning want to get involved’.”

Headteacher Caroline Vernon was also praised.

Ms Murphy added: “The headteacher is highly ambitious for the school and is clearly focused on continuing to improve standards.

“She is effectively supported by the senior leadership team, staff and governors.

“This is a team determined to provide the best for pupils.”

Inspectors said in order to improve further, teachers need to be more rigorous in monitoring mistakes made by pupils along with checking on progress.

Ms Murphy said: “Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted very well.

“Pupils strive to do their best in sports and artistic pursuits.

“The school is well led and managed.

“The headteacher, all leaders, governors and staff share the aim to provide the very best for all pupils in the school.

“School leaders, including governors, are maintaining the quality of teacher and actions are improving pupils’ achievement still further.”

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Caroline and her team have always been outstanding. We don't need a report to tell us how committed the are to the pupils.

Posted by annie on 7 August 2014 at 17:03

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