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Leytonstone primary school 'requires improvement'

This is the school's first full inspection since it became an academy in 2016

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Mayville Primary School in Leytonstone (credit: Google Earth)
By Victoria Munro 07 February 2022

A Leytonstone primary school has been told it “requires improvement” following its first full Ofsted inspection since becoming an academy.A Leytonstone primary school has been told it “requires improvement” following its first full Ofsted inspection since becoming an academy.

Mayville Primary School in Lincoln Street, which teaches almost 400 pupils from age three to eleven, was inspected in November, according to a report published on 2nd February.Mayville Primary School in Lincoln Street, which teaches almost 400 pupils from age three to eleven, was inspected in November, according to a report published on 2nd February.

The school became an academy in 2016 and was rated “good” - the second highest Ofsted score - following a short inspection two years later.The school became an academy in 2016 and was rated “good” - the second highest Ofsted score - following a short inspection two years later.

However, inspectors who visited the school on 17th and 18th November last year raised concerns about the quality of the education and the school’s leadership and management.However, inspectors who visited the school on 17th and 18th November last year raised concerns about the quality of the education and the school’s leadership and management.

Lead inspector Phil Garnham noted that Mayville students “enjoy coming to school” and “know that there are caring adults that they can turn to if they have any worries”, also celebrating the efforts to “enrich and extend pupils’ wider experiences”.Lead inspector Phil Garnham noted that Mayville students “enjoy coming to school” and “know that there are caring adults that they can turn to if they have any worries”, also celebrating the efforts to “enrich and extend pupils’ wider experiences”.

He also noted that a new headteacher and other senior leaders had “made a start on developing the curriculum” which was already proving successful in maths and sciences, where changes were made first.He also noted that a new headteacher and other senior leaders had “made a start on developing the curriculum” which was already proving successful in maths and sciences, where changes were made first.

However, his report adds: “In Years 1 to 6, subject planning does not routinely sequence learning to help pupils understand and remember knowledge in the long term. However, his report adds: “In Years 1 to 6, subject planning does not routinely sequence learning to help pupils understand and remember knowledge in the long term. 

“In subjects such as computing, physical education (PE) and design and technology, staff lack clear guidance on what ideas and concepts pupils should learn. This leads to inconsistencies in the knowledge that pupils are taught.“In subjects such as computing, physical education (PE) and design and technology, staff lack clear guidance on what ideas and concepts pupils should learn. This leads to inconsistencies in the knowledge that pupils are taught.

“Some pupils, particularly those with SEND, do not routinely receive effective support with learning to read. This holds pupils back from becoming accurate and fluent readers.”“Some pupils, particularly those with SEND, do not routinely receive effective support with learning to read. This holds pupils back from becoming accurate and fluent readers.”

Following a request for comment from the Echo, a spokesperson for the school said the newly appointed headteacher and deputy had put together a “rapid improvement plan” to address issues at the school, including those identified by Ofsted.Following a request for comment from the Echo, a spokesperson for the school said the newly appointed headteacher and deputy had put together a “rapid improvement plan” to address issues at the school, including those identified by Ofsted.

They added: “Ofsted highlighted that strong leadership was found in key subject areas and we are now building on this in all areas of the curriculum.They added: “Ofsted highlighted that strong leadership was found in key subject areas and we are now building on this in all areas of the curriculum.

“We are working with our board of trustees, staff and parents to ensure we give all our children the best education possible.”“We are working with our board of trustees, staff and parents to ensure we give all our children the best education possible.”