Staff praised for improving Woodford Green Primary School from 'requires improvement' to 'good'

Headteacher Jane Powell outside Woodford Green Primary School with some happy children

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A headteacher has praised her colleagues after her school was rated ‘good’ by Ofsted after being previously told it needs improvement.

An Ofsted report published on Friday said staff members at Woodford Green Primary School, in Sunset Avenue, Woodford Green, inspire pupils.

An Ofsted inspection in 2012 found teaching needed to improve and become more consistent.

The mixed school, with 215 pupils aged three to 11, was inspected on May 7 and 8 this year.

The report said: "The teachers use their in-depth knowledge of what pupils of all abilities know and can do to plan work that is pitched at the right level.

"Pupils respond well to challenging activities that motivate and inspire them to apply their previous learning.

"Teachers’ skilled questioning and high-quality explanations enable pupils to think through new ideas.”

Headteacher of five years Jane Powell vowed to continue to push for further improvement.

She said: "W e have worked really hard over the past five years to get to this point. It takes time and effort to get to this stage.

"We have great teachers who have always been of good standard, so I am happy they have been recognised as such this time.

"Now it is about working towards getting 'outstanding', and I believe we can get there, the report only stated a few things to do to reach that point."

To improve to an 'outstanding' rating, inspectors said the school should work to increase pupil attendance and be clearer on how they can progress in their learning.

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