IMPROVING the quality of teaching is the main priority for senior leaders at a failing school in Birchwood after it was told by Ofsted inspectors that it needed to improve.

But since Birchwood Primary School was handed the lowest rating available following an inspection in January, the school has focussed on making a number of improvements.

After its first monitoring inspection, the school on Admirals Road was praised for improving attendance in comparison to the same time last year and incidents of poor behaviour have dropped significantly.

Acting head teacher Dawn Rapson was commended for using an ‘array of checking techniques’ to provide a clear picture of the quality of teaching throughout the school.

Governors have also taken hard decisions in their mission to improve the school and have used their experience, expertise and knowledge to support leaders.

A council spokesman said: “The progress made by the school is very pleasing and reflects the commitment of all involved in the school.

“The acting head teacher and other staff are complimented on the improvements that they have brought about in terms of improving the quality of teaching and in managing behaviour.

“The report also notes that pupils are more engaged and receptive, and overall attendance and behaviour have improved. The report offers encouragement in terms of predicted future results.”