Silverdale School needs to improve, say inspectors

Silverdale School
Silverdale School

A SCHOOL in St Leonards has been told it needs to improve by education inspectors.

Silverdale School, in Perth Road, was visited by Ofsted last month and a report published this week.

In it, Joanna Toulson, lead inspector, said: “Not enough pupils make consistently good progress, especially in writing. Although steps are being taken to improve standards pupils are not given enough opportunities to practise their writing skills.

“Some teachers have low expectations of what pupils can do and so provide work that is too easy, especially for more able pupils.”

She added teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage was not strong enough to help children make good progress.

But inspectors said the ‘determined leadership of the headteacher, deputy headteacher and governing body’ was improving teaching quality.

Gill Knox, headteacher, said: “We have improved over the last three years since our last inspection and are working incredibly hard. The Ofsted report recognises that.

“The lead inspector said we were well on the way to getting a ‘good’ rating but were not quite there. We have just got our best round of SATS results in four years but these were not available when Ofsted visited. I thought it was a fair report and when inspectors come back in a year or so I am confident we will have improved.”