Cambridge Ofsted primary schools deemed ‘inadequate’ or ‘needs improvement’

Three primary schools in the Cambridge area received an Ofsted rating of ‘inadequate’ or ‘needs improvement’ when they were last inspected.

The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) inspects educational institutions and services that care for children or young people across the country, providing them with an overall ranking. The inspections aim to ensure that organizations provide a high standard of education, training and care services in England for children and students.

Regulated inspections and visits are carried out continuously throughout England. Ofsted reports directly to Parliament and the results are published online.

Read more: The 9 outstanding Ofsted state secondary schools in Cambridgeshire

The vast majority of primary schools in Cambridge following their last Ofsted inspection fall into the ‘good’ category with only a small number falling into the ‘exceptional’ category. But some schools fall into the lower categories which include the “needs improvement” category and the “insufficient” category.

In the Cambridge area, there are two primary schools which received a ‘needs improvement’ rating in their last Ofsted inspection. A primary school has been given an ‘inadequate’ rating, which is Ofsted’s lowest rating.

These Ofsted reports were from their most recent recorded inspections which can be viewed on the government’s website. Some had a more recent visit in 2021 while others last had one in 2019.

Below are schools in the Cambridge area. For Ofsted reports on schools in other parts of Cambridgeshire click here.

Dry Drayton CofE Primary School

Needs improvement

Park Street, Dry Drayton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB23 8DA

Cambridge Primary School had its last Ofsted inspection on June 19-20, 2019, where it received a ‘needs improvement’ rating. Following Ofsted’s full inspection, the school carried out a ‘monitoring visit’ on February 10, 2021, as well as on May 11, 2021.

One of the first points raised in the Ofsted report published on the government’s website said: ‘Leadership turmoil in recent years, together with many staff changes, has limited the impact of the efforts of leaders and governors to improve standards”.

The report also added, “Teaching, while improving, is not always good.” Although primary school received a lower report, some positives were highlighted in the report.

Some of them included: “Leaders and governors have a clear vision for the school. They understand what needs to be done and have developed very focused plans to ensure improvements.”

You can find the full report here.

Dry Drayton CofE Primary School has been contacted for comment.

Burwell Village College Elementary School

Needs improvement

The Causeway, Burwell, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB25 0DU

Burwell Village College Primary School was inspected by Ofsted on 24-25 November 2021 and received a ‘needs improvement’ report. A few years earlier, in March 2018, he had received the same Ofsted report, but in November 2013, he had received a “good” Ofsted report.

One of the key points highlighted in the Ofsted report concerned the changes at school. He said: “There have been many changes at Burwell Village College, including in the curriculum. Leaders felt that the quality of the program was not good enough. Working on ambitious plans, leaders and staff make the necessary improvements. They appreciate the local authority’s guidance to do so”.

However, the school has been praised for student attendance and the activities it offers.

The Ofsted report said: “Pupils love their school and attend it well. They particularly like the activities offered in the ‘cultural capital’ lessons and in the school’s many clubs, such as dancing, l ‘origami and sports. Students told inspectors that they love learning.’

You can find the full report here.

In response to the Ofsted report, Principal Antony Kern said: “We recognize there is still a long way to go to get the school where we really want it to be, however we are absolutely delighted that the team recognized that the changes we are in have a positive impact on the achievement and achievement of all our students. The report recognizes the many strengths of the school, including the quality of provision in the early years, the impact of the work of leaders on the program, although in its early stages, the effectiveness of leadership and management, including the new governing body, the welcoming of students with additional needs, and the behavior and personal development of children.

“Our students have done a fantastic job of showcasing the best aspects of our school and the teachers have demonstrated their commitment to continuous improvement. We look forward to the next two years of development and the return of OfSTED to judge us as a good school.”

Milton Church of England Academy


Humphries Way, Milton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB24 6DL

This school received an “inadequate” Ofsted rating after its last inspection on September 14 and 15, 2021.

The report states: “Leaders do not have reliable oversight of the quality of education. Teachers do not consistently use assessment effectively. Sometimes teachers do not change their plans to meet the needs of students. This results in students having gaps in their knowledge or the work not being difficult enough for some students. Trust leaders have firm plans in place to help headteachers monitor the quality of education.”

The report also mentions backup issues.

He said: “There are significant weaknesses in leaders’ monitoring of safeguard arrangements. Leaders rely too much on their knowledge of families. Too often leaders verify through informal conversations and do not record not always the information. This results in some actions not being taken quickly enough. Leaders do not always share important information with the right people. Leaders do not always have a complete picture of what is happening to protect students.

Although the school received an “inadequate” rating, there were some positive comments regarding the children attending the school.

It read: “Pupils at Milton Elementary School are polite and respectful. These characteristics are part of the expectations set out in ‘Milton Manners’ for how pupils treat each other. Weekly assemblies remind pupils to be thoughtful and considerate of each other. During the inspection, the key message to the students was “be nice, kind and smile at people. Think about how we can make a difference.”

You can find the full report here.

The Milton Church of England Academy has been contacted for comment.

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