Poor attendance criticised at St Mary’s Primary

PARENTS were partly blamed for a Batley school’s poor performance in the latest round of inspections.

St Mary’s Catholic Primary was deemed to need improvement by Ofsted in a report compiled from visits in July.

Low attendance was singled out, with parents attacked for continually taking children out of school for term-time holidays.

Governors were also criticised, especially for being out of touch with how extra cash for disadvantaged pupils is spent.

And the effectiveness of that money was questioned, with eligible children not making the progress Ofsted expected.

But there was some good news for acting headteacher Nicola Grant in the week the new school year starts.

She was praised for her efforts in trying to turn St Mary’s around. Early years provision and pupil behaviour was also hailed.

And spiritual, moral, social and cultural development was regarded by Ofsted as a key strength for St Mary’s.

Some teaching, though, can be inconsistent, with children sometimes set work that is too easy for them.

The report said: “All teaching should take account of what pupils already know and can do and challenges them to produce their best work.”

Leaders and governors were also told to “ensure they have the skills to contribute more effectively to school improvement.”

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