Community lends a hand

Headteacher Sarah Sadler was grateful for help painting the
Headteacher Sarah Sadler was grateful for help painting the

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Teachers, parents, grandparents and members of the community descended on a primary school in Cosham to give a corridor a fresh lick of paint.

More than 30 adults spent a day-and-a-half of their free time scrubbing away at the dilapidated corridor running along two reception classrooms and a nursery at Highbury Primary.

They filled up holes, sanded down rough edges and painted the walls white and the doors different shades of green.

New hooks were also fitted for two to four-year-olds to hang their coats and bags on.

Headteacher Sarah Sadler says she was overwhelmed by the amazing gesture from the community and local businesses, who donated all the tools and materials for free.

This is her first term at the school, which was placed in special measures in October 2010 and is expecting an Ofsted monitoring inspection later this term.

She says: ‘It went so well and the whole community did a terrific job – the corridor looks great.

‘It makes such a difference to the school experience to be in a beautiful building and our parents and the whole team who turned out to help have done themselves proud.

‘As the new head of the school it was also a wonderful opportunity to meet some of our parents who are very supportive.’

Sarah adds: ‘This project was all about giving them ownership of the school and getting everyone to come together and do something positive and productive that will benefit the children.

‘I am really looking forward to working here and taking this school from strength to strength.’

The previous head of Highbury, Diana Morrell-Glenister, stood down from her job at the end of the spring term.

It was subsequently run by an interim head and governing body.

Sarah, who is confident the school will soon be lifted out of the worst Ofsted category, says: ‘This school has a vision which is achieving excellence and I believe we can do that.

‘Everyone is working and learning really hard – we know what’s expected of us.

‘I hope when Ofsted visit next they will see for themselves just how much this school is improving.’

Sarah is inviting prospective pupils and parents to an open day, which will be held on November 9 from 9am until midday.