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Paternoster School dedicated to make swift improvements


Paternoster School is working hard to improve pupil progress following its latest Ofsted rating.

The inspection in March rated Paternoster School as inadequate, putting them into 'special measures'.

Staff and governors have been working closely with Gloucestershire County Council to implement a robust action plan to improve standards.

In the report Ofsted acknowledged that pupils enjoy school, evidenced by the attendance records. The report also highlights the access that students have to a range of extra activities.

The school provides pupils with experiences across a wide range of subjects with a strong focus on reading, writing and mathematics. Staff work hard to promote equality and form positive relationships with pupils.

Other positive points include that the pupils demonstrate well-mannered and polite attitudes whilst showing their peers compassion. Pupils increase their level of independence and raise their self-esteem during their time in school and successfully transfer into further education. There was also praise for the schools use of sports funding to improve physical education.

Ofsted highlighted the need for the school to improve the quality of teaching and learning throughout the school; ensure governors gain a more accurate view of the progress that pupils are making, and make sure school leaders and governors work together to tackle the school’s poor performance.

Julie Mantell and Jennie Walsh, co-headteachers at Paternoster School, said: “The report is obviously disappointing for us, and we’re committed to leading a programme of change.

"We want us all to work together and have every confidence that, with the support of governors, staff, the county council and parents, we will rapidly make the required changes.

“We want to deliver the highest quality education to every one of our pupils so that they can achieve their best”

Richard Crooks, chair of governors, said that under his leadership, he hoped that significant change would happen and that all stakeholders, including parents, could work together to build the school’s self-confidence and independence.  “We need to work harder to make sure that all our pupils have the best opportunity to gain the skills they need to lead a full and active life in the community”.

A team from the county council will now work closely with the school to address the issues identified by Ofsted.

Tim Browne, head of education at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We will continue to give the school all the support they need.

“By working with the co-headteachers, staff and governors we will make sure there is a clear and comprehensive improvement plan so that the quality of teaching is consistently good and, most importantly, the rate of pupil progress increases rapidly.”

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