A SEDGLEY primary school has been told to improve by education inspectors.

Queen Victoria Primary School has been rated as 'requires improvement' by Ofsted in a report published this month.

The Bilston Street school has been told to improve its quality of education; behaviour and attitudes and personal development.

It was, however, rated as 'good' for its leadership and management and early years provision.

Inspectors found the progress of pupils in key stage 2 to be weak and attainment at the end of Year 6 too low, citing staff changes and inconsistency in teaching.

Pupils' absence was said to be higher than it should be, especially for pupils with special educational needs.

The school was also advised to create more opportunities for personal development for pupils and to ensure that staff have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour and that they address poor behaviour quickly.

However, inspectors reported how pupils feel safe and enjoy going to school, with leaders praised for creating a "warm and welcoming environment".

The headteacher, who has been at the school for a year, was described as having an "infectious passion and ambition for the school."

Inspectors, who visited the school on December 3 and 4 2019, stated: "At whatever age pupils join the school, they settle quickly. Relationships between adults and pupils are strong and adults are caring. Staff know the pupils and their families well and parents are appreciative of the support they receive."

To improve, the school has been told to raise standards for pupils in Year 6; to improve attendance for SEND and disadvantaged pupils and to enhance outdoor learning activities.

Responding to the report, Catherine Rindl, headteacher at Queen Victoria Primary School, said: “While we fully accept the findings of the report, we are pleased inspectors recognised the strength of the school’s leadership and the warm and welcoming environment we provide for children, where they feel safe and enjoy being at school.

"The inspectors recognised many of the things we are doing well but we recognise we need to do more. The inspection has confirmed to us that we’re on a journey of improvement and we are confident with the support of our governors and the local community that we are close to becoming a good school.”