This is a school that requires improvement. It is not good because
Historically, by the time they leave the school pupils do not make enough progress, particularly in their written work.
At present, achievement in writing is still weaker than in reading or mathematics. Pupils' targets for writing are not used well enough in other subjects and opportunities to inspire high quality writing are missed.
Teaching does not consistently offer sufficient challenge for some pupils, including the most able.
Over time, marking has not been consistently good enough to help pupils to improve their work. Nor have they been given the opportunity to follow up mistakes.
The school has the following strengths
The new headteacher is creating a very positive attitude in the school, focusing on improvements in pupil achievement and in teaching, for example in improving marking.
The governing body has a clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school and fully supports the headteacher.
Arrangements to check the performance of staff are now rigorous and give teachers clear guidance on how to improve.
Pupils say they feel safe. Behaviour is good and improving, and most parents confirmed this view.