Headteacher positive despite Ofsted rating

Pocklington Community Junior School headteacher Alex Reppold.
Pocklington Community Junior School headteacher Alex Reppold.

The headteacher of Pocklington Community Junior School says it is on the right track to become a better school, despite being told it “requires improvement” again by Ofsted.

The school was inspected last month by the education watchdog, and is rated as requires improvement in the following areas - effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, outcomes for pupils and overall effectiveness. However, personal development, behaviour and welfare at the school has been ranked as good. The school was rated as requires improvement after its previous inspection in September 2013.

Headteacher Alex Reppold, who took over the reins in April last year, said: “Obviously no-one wants to be at a school that requires improvement. I know what needs improving. We are on that journey.

“The inspectors have been complimentary about the work we have done since I started. We have new assessment arrangements to accurately assess where children are. Behaviour is significantly better than when I started. Everything we have brought in since I started is bearing fruit.

He added: “All the staff now understand what we need to do to improve the school, and they are working hard on 
it.”

The report says: “Leaders, managers and governors have not taken appropriate steps, since the previous inspection, to improve sufficiently teaching and pupils’ outcomes.”

“Pupils are not making consistently good progress in writing and mathematics across Years 3 to 6.

“Teaching is not consistently good across Years 3 to 6. Not all teachers ensure that work is consistently well matched to pupils’ needs.”

It adds: “The newly appointed headteacher shows high expectations. He has quickly gained the respect of all staff. Morale across the school is good.

“Teaching is improving strongly in Years 5 and 6.”