Ofsted finds Tanners Wood JMI School, Abbots Langley, 'requires improvement'

Ofsted finds Abbots Langley school 'requires improvement'

Ofsted finds Abbots Langley school 'requires improvement'

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An Abbots Langley school has failed to improve since its last Ofsted report and teaching at the school has been described as "inconsistent".

Tanners Wood JMI School, in Hazelwood Lane, was rated as "requires improvement" after a recent Ofsted inspection and the school’s headteacher, Mike Lansdown, has said he is "disappointed and somewhat surprised".

The primary school was previously inspected in October 2011 and was given the same grade as in this most recent report, although the branding of the grade has changed from "satisfactory" to "requires improvement".

The Ofsted inspector has written in the report that the leadership team’s impact on improving the quality of teaching has not been rapid enough since the last inspection. Documents state that teachers do not always plan well for lessons and on some occasions there is insufficient challenge for middle-achieving students and expectations are not high enough for the more-able pupils.

Also, in some lessons the accuracy of pupils’ work is not checked, which leads to mistakes being overlooked.

Mr Lansdown said: "We were disappointed and somewhat surprised at the overly negative tone of the report, given that the feedback relayed to senior leaders and governors during the inspection was actually positive and supportive.

"We will of course continue to work hard on securing the improvements that Ofsted suggest. I am absolutely confident that the next inspection will reflect the good practice widespread throughout the school."

According to the report, lessons are not often adjusted to accommodate the different needs of pupils in the class and good progress is not maintained in Key Stage 2, particularly in more-able students.

Mr Lansdown said: "Naturally, we are very disappointed with the report. An unusually high number of parents completed the Ofsted feedback and were very happy with the positive improvements we have made in the past two years. Pupils enjoy coming to school here and their behaviour and attitude to learning were highlighted as particular strengths.

"We pride ourselves on developing the whole child and our sporting achievements have been a regular highlight of the school year. Over the last two years we have built on the social and moral aspects of the curriculum with themed weeks, visitors and visits to enrich the learning. The high levels of parental engagement are testament to how the Tanners Wood community pulls together."

The document emphasises the school’s need to improve the quality of teaching, the progress of pupils and the effectiveness of management.

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4:24pm Sun 12 Jan 14

alacey says...

I am a parent of a child in Reception at Tanners Wood. I can honestly say that I could not have asked for more from a primary school for my child's first years in education. Both Nursery and Reception have provided her with a warm and nurturing environment where she is enjoying learning to read, write and all other aspects of the curriculum. From what I have observed as a parent, Tanners Wood has a united and hard working team of teachers, this Ofsted report in my opinion is not a fair representation of what I and my husband have experienced from the school so far. I feel it is a real shame that Tanners Wood is often referred to as having a poorer reputation in the local community, often by those who have never taken the time to visit the school and see all the wonderful things they are doing with the children there. I strongly encourage prospective parents to visit the school and determine for themselves what is the right school for their child and not just go on the judgment of a 2 day Ofsted inspection.
I am a parent of a child in Reception at Tanners Wood. I can honestly say that I could not have asked for more from a primary school for my child's first years in education. Both Nursery and Reception have provided her with a warm and nurturing environment where she is enjoying learning to read, write and all other aspects of the curriculum. From what I have observed as a parent, Tanners Wood has a united and hard working team of teachers, this Ofsted report in my opinion is not a fair representation of what I and my husband have experienced from the school so far. I feel it is a real shame that Tanners Wood is often referred to as having a poorer reputation in the local community, often by those who have never taken the time to visit the school and see all the wonderful things they are doing with the children there. I strongly encourage prospective parents to visit the school and determine for themselves what is the right school for their child and not just go on the judgment of a 2 day Ofsted inspection. alacey
  • Score: 7

4:45pm Mon 13 Jan 14

LJC79 says...

I agree with alacey! I am also a parent of a child at this school and have been very happy with my son's progress and development. I would fully recommend the school to any prospective parents and have absolute confidence in the teaching and leadership skills there.
I agree with alacey! I am also a parent of a child at this school and have been very happy with my son's progress and development. I would fully recommend the school to any prospective parents and have absolute confidence in the teaching and leadership skills there. LJC79
  • Score: 4

8:08pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Ali L May says...

I do feel the above article does not do the school justice and is a bit misleading. My son loves this school, I chose Tanners Wood over other closer schools because I preferred the feel of the school and how happy the kids were when we looked around it. I am very happy with the progress my son has achieved and do not think a 2 day visit from ofsted can really give a true picture of a school and the teaching. If any parent is looking at schools, I highly recommend you look around your school of choice and make a decision on what is best for your child, not on what ofsted says.
I do feel the above article does not do the school justice and is a bit misleading. My son loves this school, I chose Tanners Wood over other closer schools because I preferred the feel of the school and how happy the kids were when we looked around it. I am very happy with the progress my son has achieved and do not think a 2 day visit from ofsted can really give a true picture of a school and the teaching. If any parent is looking at schools, I highly recommend you look around your school of choice and make a decision on what is best for your child, not on what ofsted says. Ali L May
  • Score: 1

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