Boost for Titchfield school as Ofsted praises good progress

HAPPY From left, Lilly Stokoe, five, Chris Ross-Harris, nine, Alex Sener, six, Mya Simpson-Allen, nine, and Adam Bahari, nine. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131504-1)
HAPPY From left, Lilly Stokoe, five, Chris Ross-Harris, nine, Alex Sener, six, Mya Simpson-Allen, nine, and Adam Bahari, nine. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131504-1)
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STIMULATING activities for highly motivated pupils have helped a Titchfield School to improve in an Ofsted inspection.

St John The Baptist Church of England Primary School has been rated good by inspectors – up from satisfactory.

Inspectors said that by the time they leave school, pupils have made good progress and have achieved well.

The quality of teaching is good, with some examples of outstanding teaching.

And pupils are highly motivated and they benefit from stimulating and exciting activities which help them learn and apply their skills in reading, writing and maths.

Headteacher Elaine Merriman said: ‘We were delighted that Ofsted recognised the rapid improvements we have made.

‘We were really pleased that they praised the curriculum and that the children make good progress.

‘The outcome of the report is testament to the whole school working together.

‘Thanks have to be given to the staff, the children, the parents and the governors – and volunteers in the community.

‘It’s a lovely school community. We are a growing school.

‘The parents are supportive of the children which is lovely.’

Inspectors also said that the school is rapidly improving under the efficient leadership of the headteacher who is determined for the school to do even better.

To become outstanding, inspectors said that the school needs to improve the quality of teaching from good to outstanding so that all pupils make more rapid progress and reach above-average levels of attainment.

The impact of leadership at the school also needs to be improved.

Mrs Merriman added: ‘We are really excited about the future.

‘We want to ensure that there is the highest percentage of outstanding teaching as possible.

‘Within our school development plan we have opportunities for the teachers to be learning from the best practice that there is in the school.’

And Mrs Merriman said she is confident about the future of the school.

‘Education is so much about the journey,’ she said.

‘The school has gone through rapid change and rapid improvement. It’s a really exciting time for us.

‘We are very much a school that enhances the community.’