Progress made at Burlington School

Burlington School Headteacher Alison Beckett
Burlington School Headteacher Alison Beckett

Burlington Junior School in Bridlington was inspected by Ofsted on 20-21 May 2015 to assess the progress the school had made since being given a notice to improve from the previous inspection.

Whilst the school requires improvement, inspectors found that the behaviour and safety of pupils was good.

The report said: “Most pupils are now making good progress in reading, as well as in all subjects in Years 4 and 6, with activities better targeted to the abilities of pupils.

“The gaps in the attainment of disadvantaged pupils compared with other pupils are closing, and the headteacher, supported by governors, is taking steps to ensure that all the areas of recent underperformance are now being addressed.

“Training and partnership work have improved some aspects of leadership and teaching, pupils have good attitudes to learning and are well behaved in lessons and around school, and procedures to ensure that pupils are safe are effective, with pupils feeling safe and well looked after by staff.”

Inspectors said the school could improve further if all teachers gave more opportunities to apply and deepen mathematical knowledge and skills through problem-solving activities, and if teaching assistants were given clearer guidance about how to support pupils’ learning, especially for the disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs.

Newly-appointed headteacher, Alison Beckett, said: “The school is making progress and I am very proud of the staff and pupils.

“We are heading in the right direction and have appointed a mathematics coordinator and a special educational needs coordinator to help improve overall success in areas that require improvement.”

Mike Furbank, head of children and young people, education and schools at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The school has a lot of strengths and continues to work towards progressing the knowledge of its pupils.

“A number of new teachers have been appointed to the school to further its development, and I look forward to seeing what it has to offer in the future.”

Micky Booth, Chair of Governors, said: “The Governors are pleased that Ofsted have been so positive about the recent improvements in the school, and that they were impressed with the behaviour and positive attitude of our children.

“We recognise that there is still more work to be done, but we are confident that we now have the right team in place to keep improving the school and developing the children’s learning”.

Ofsted complimented on the behaviour of pupils, their polite and helpful natures and their high levels of respect for their teachers and each other, and for being keen to do well.