Wenlock Junior School told it ‘requires improvement’ after Ofsted inspection


A raft of improvements need to be made at Wenlock Church of England Junior School, Ofsted has said.

Inspectors visited the school on Beaconsfield, Luton, last month and sat in on 26 lessons.

A report of the visit, published last Wednesday, states that Wenlock’s management, teaching and outcomes for pupils all require improvement.

As a result the school has slipped from a ‘good’ rating to ‘requires improvement’.

The report reads: “There are inconsistencies in the quality of teaching, learning and assessment within yeargroups and across the school.

“Although there is much good teaching, there is too much that requires improvement.

“As a result, not enoughpupils make good or better progress from starting points that are generally above average.”

Inspectors found that Wenlock’s leaders were “too positive” in their judgements about the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.

The report said: “Although they undertake regular lesson observations, these focus too much on what teachers do rather than how well pupils are learning.

“Consequently, efforts to improve teaching have had mixed impact and the progress that pupils make is not as good as it should be.

“In 2015, pupils’ attainment in reading, writing and mathematics was below the national average.”

Despite the negatives, inspectors praised the personal development of pupils at Wenlock, noting that it is a ‘significant strength’ of the school.

Students are said to gain a ‘good understanding’ of what makes a good citizen through the school’s ‘values’ curriculum.