OFSTED recently published their inspection report for Pocklington Infants and it’s a bit disappointing.

In November 2017 the school was judged to be good across the board but it now requires improvement in 4 key areas.

  • The quality of education – Requires improvement
  • Personal development – Requires improvement
  • Leadership and management – Requires improvement
  • Early years provision – Requires improvement
  • Behaviour and attitudes – Good

The report is pretty hard hitting about leadership stating:

  • Leaders do not carry out thorough enough checks to see how well the curriculum is being taught.
  • Leaders have not established effective assessment systems to check what pupils know and remember.
  • The curriculum in the early years does not precisely identify the knowledge and skills children will learn.
  • Leaders have not provided pupils with a wide range of opportunities to develop their talents and interest.
  • On the positive side it is recognised that:
  • Pupils enjoy coming to school and feel safe. They are polite and behave well.
  • Pupils have positive attitudes to learning and are respectful of each other.
  • Leaders have ensured that reading is a priority.
  • Children learn to read as soon as they start in Reception Year.
  • Leaders have carefully considered their approach to the teaching of reading. Staff receive regular training to deliver the school’s phonics programme effectively.
  • Leaders carry out regular checks to see how well pupils are doing.
  • Pupils receive extra help if they start to fall behind.
  • Although many subject leaders are new to their roles, they are passionate about their subjects and have ambition for all pupils to achieve well.
  • The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.


The school is not part of the Wolds Learning Partnership.
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