Ofsted calls on Toxteth school to improve

A Toxteth primary school has been urged to improve after an inspector raised concerns about pupils lacking preparation for education.

While praising the wider effectiveness of Windsor Community Primary School on Upper Hill Street, officials from Ofsted called on leaders to ensure the governing body and staff tighten up procedures to prepare pupils for the next stage of their learning.

A new report published by the education watchdog has downgraded the school from outstanding to requires improvement.

It was last inspected back in 2014, and for a six-year period until 2020, was exempt by law from routine inspection.

The report said the school – which at the time of the visit over two days in October had more than 230 pupils on the roll – helps all learners including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) “to feel that they are recognised and valued.” It added, “They are happy and said that they make many friends at the school. 

“Pupils are optimistic about life and learn to believe in themselves. They feel safe and said that the school is a refuge for them.”

It was said pupils on the school council “are thrilled with helping the school to make ‘big decisions’.”

However, a few subject curriculums do not include all the required information set out in the national curriculum. The assessment said, “Consequently, pupils are not taught all the information that they need to know and are not prepared well enough for the next stage of their education.”

“Where pupils, including some pupils with SEND, find it difficult to manage their feelings and actions, staff remain calm, positive and supportive. Pupils know the school rules and behave well.”

Inspectors also called upon governors to ensure amends to the curriculum were adhered to correctly. They wrote: “The governing body does not have a clear enough oversight of the actions that the school is taking to improve subject curriculums. 

“This limits the impact of the governing body on reviewing and challenging the work of the school. Governors should ensure that they are fully informed about the school’s improvement work.”

A spokesperson for Windsor Community Primary School said, “We are pleased that Ofsted acknowledged our achievements in celebrating diversity and supporting pupils who may face challenges outside of school and that we achieved a rating of ‘good’ for behaviour and attitudes, and personal development.

“We are also pleased that Ofsted has captured how the children respond so positively to the commitment of our staff to their personal and extra-curricular development and how we strive to involve parents and carers in the school community.

“We have been working with governors and have already made improvements to our curriculum documentation as recommended by Ofsted.”

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