FIXBY Junior and Infant School has got to get better, according to Ofsted.
Inspectors have just given the Lightridge Road school a Requires Improvement (3) rating – one grade worse than three year ago.
Headteacher Caroline Addison says that the report contains no surprises and things have improved significantly since she took up her post 19 months ago.
She said: “All areas requiring improvement had already been identified by the current leadership team and governing body and, as a result, action is already being taken. As a school we are heading in the right direction and are very clear that progress is being made.
“Since I took over in September 2011, we have made significant changes that have allowed us to track the progress of our pupils more effectively and to become more focused on narrowing the gaps in achievement.
“A new behaviour management system has led to significant improvements and we are being positive and proactive in driving up standards.”
Ofsted inspectors felt that pupil achievement needed to be better. While it was above average at the end of infant school, pupils did then not make good enough progress, particularly in maths.
Other areas singled our for attention were: teaching and marking, pupil behaviour – which sometimes disrupts lessons – and leadership and management which, although diligent, was not always ensuring that improvements happened quickly enough.
Fixby was praised for its Early Years achievement, above-average attendance and improved governing body.
Inspectors acknowledged that the headteacher had improved standards since her arrival.
Mrs Addison and Mrs M Lowbridge, chair of governors, have written to all parents, reassuring them that improvements are under way.
Mrs Addison added: “Naturally it takes time for changes to have an impact, but the report highlights that major positive changes have taken place.
“Good and outstanding teaching was seen during the inspection and our aim is to ensure those standards become consistent across the whole school as quickly as possible.
“With the continued hard work of staff, the support of parents and the challenge given by the governing body to the leadership team, I am very confident that we will continue to make progress.”
Fixby has 313 pupils from a range of ethnic backgrounds. Half are of Pakistani heritage, 20% are ‘White British.’