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Ofsted inspection sees Beechfield School improve
Pupils and staff at Beechfield School are celebrating after improving their Ofsted score from "satisfactory" to "good".
Inspectors from the education watchdog visited the Gammons Lane school, having rated it previously in 2011.
This time the school was rated as good, the second highest grade available.
Inspectors noted how the pupils enjoyed their lessons and were interested in new ideas, and that Year 6 test results were above the national average.
A statement from the school said: "We are thrilled to announce that our school was graded as good.
"Huge thanks to the staff for their continued hard work and commitment and to all our parents and carers for their support.
"Thanks must also be extended to all of our pupils who talked to the inspection team with passion and enthusiasm about the school."
Beechfield is half way through an expansion from a one-form to a two-form entry school, and is undergoing significant building work.
It has an above average proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups and those who speak English as a second language.
The number of pupils who arrive at the school after the start of term is also higher than in primary schools nationally.
Inspectors said these pupils make rapid progress, because the school is "very effective at working out the level of their skills and understanding, and providing tasks and activities which are specific to each individual".
Lessons are planned well, and are suitable for every pupil’s needs. They are asked questions, and are encouraged to ask their own questions.
The inspectors praised the marking of the pupils’ books which "celebrates pupils’ success and helps them to improve."
In particular the inspectors found pupils learned well in mathematics "because of teachers’ strong subject knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject."
In Year 2, the teaching of letters and sounds was judged to be outstanding. However, this is not the case across the whole school.
Letters and sounds are taught in a variety of ways for different groups of pupils, making it difficult for pupils to make quick progress when they move group.
The inspectors suggested for the school to be rated as outstanding, improvements would have to be made in the teaching of letters and sounds, as well as in leadership and management of staff.