Turnfurlong Junior School making ‘reasonable progress’ towards the removal of special measures, says Ofsted

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The school has been inspected for the first time since being handed the unwanted status in June.

Turnfurlong Junior School has been inspected for the first time since being handed the unwanted status in June. The latest report said pupils at the school are making better progress compared to the same time last year. However, it warned students need to be challenged more in some lessons.

The report said: “Teachers have improved their skills in questioning pupils, but they still miss opportunities to ask deeper questions which require pupils to reflect longer before they answer or show how they worked out their answers.”

There has been staff restructuring since the last visit and inspector Peter Limm praised improvements in teaching.

However, he said although pupils who require extra support are making better progress, the development of those who are more able ‘remains limited’ in some lessons.

Pupils said they enjoy being at the school and there was agreement from them that there is now less sitting on the mat listening to teachers talk and more opportunities to write and think.

The last report said students were not making enough progress, with the pace in some lessons at the school described as ‘pedestrian’.