Ofsted inspector criticises parents for taking children on term time holidays

July 28 2017

AN education inspector said too many parents were still taking their children out of their village school for family holidays in term time.

AN education inspector said too many parents were still taking their children out of their village school for family holidays in term time.

Iain Freeland, who carried out a short inspection of Oldbury-on-Severn Primary School for Ofsted, maintained its overall rating of good.

Mr Freeland said at the time of the last full inspection in 2012, attendance was well below the national average and the school had actively challenged parents to improve their child’s attendance.

He said: “As a result, attendance has improved and is now broadly in line with the national levels. However, too many parents still take their child on family holidays during term time. Governors have not given sufficient attention to overcoming this.”

The inspector said the leadership team, led by headteacher Deborah Dix, had maintained the good quality of eduction at the school.

A new curriculum had been introduced, which was raising expectations of pupils and staff, and standards were improving.

There had also been higher levels of pupils joining the school during key stage two and they had been assessed swiftly to ensure they made good progress.

Mr Freeland said: “Pupils arrive at school with a bounce in their step. All were keen to speak with me to tell me about the aspects of school that they particularly enjoy.”

He said improving writing was an ongoing priority and while there had been improvements, Ms Dix was keen to continue to raise standards, with the emphasis this year on improving pupils’ spelling and punctuation.