An improvement plan has been put in place after a West Berkshire primary school was rated as “inadequate” in its latest Ofsted inspection.
Pupils at Lambourn Primary School were found not to be making enough progress in reading, writing or maths, and had weak basic skills such as spelling and punctuation.
The quality of teaching was also criticised, with work being found to be too easy for some pupils and too hard for others.
Ofsted’s report, published last week, followed the first inspection in four years at the school, when it was previously rated as “good”.
Some of the problems were attributed to successive changes in leadership, and the school is hopeful that things will start to improve following the appointment of new headteacher Rachael Duke back in February.
Neil Hastle, chair of governors at the school, said: “Of course we are very disappointed by this report but we have a clear plan in place to bring about improvements at the school.
“We had already identified some of the issues ourselves before the inspection and started to address them, in particular by appointing a new headteacher to provide stability and lead the programme of work we need to do.”
Other issues raised by Ofsted included the school having too narrow a curriculum which didn’t cover enough subjects, and the measures in place to safeguard children not being effective.
However it was praised for the fact that pupils enjoy school and attend regularly, and that the new headteacher has a clear understanding of what needs to change.
Mrs Duke said: “Despite the outcome, inspectors found much to commend the school for and the report contains many positives for us to take away.
“While Ofsted recognised the strong upward direction of the school, they can only judge our recent history.
“We are taking on this challenge with enthusiasm and feel confident of a positive and promising future.”
Ian Pearson, head of education at West Berkshire Council, added: “This is a disappointing result.
“However the appointment of Mrs Duke has already brought not only the stable leadership that the school has been sadly lacking but a clear plan and direction for improvement.
“She has the full support of governors, staff and pupils and I feel sure that the power of this willing collective will bring forth the improvements needed.”