Celebrations all around for staff at school

Above, from left, William Boxer, six, Erian Harris, six, Chloe Treagust, seven, and Zeek Horton, and six, and left, headteacher Brenda France. Pictures: Malcolm Wells (143135-5949 and 5967)

Above, from left, William Boxer, six, Erian Harris, six, Chloe Treagust, seven, and Zeek Horton, and six, and left, headteacher Brenda France. Pictures: Malcolm Wells (143135-5949 and 5967)

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EFFECTIVE teaching and children’s good behaviour have received huge praise from Ofsted inspectors.

Fairfield Infant School in Havant has been graded as good across the board.

Inspectors said pupils achieve well and over the past year, progress in maths in particular has accelerated.

Headteacher Brenda France was praised for her strong leadership and skills in supporting improvements in teaching.

Inspectors also said pupils’ behaviour is good and relationships between pupils and with staff are excellent.

Mrs France said: ‘The governors and staff were very pleased.

‘We felt that the strengths of the school were recognised.

‘We were very pleased with the comments about keeping pupils safe and secure. They said our range of curriculum was outstanding.

‘The staff work extremely hard. We work very hard with the children and the families.

‘The children love coming to school. They enjoy being here. They love to learn. They are full of inquisitive questions and creative ideas. We talk a lot with them about learning skills and being part of a team.

‘We have been working on creating an exciting, wide-ranging curriculum.

‘The big thing in our school is about respecting everybody and listening to everybody and listening to children and valuing them.

‘They know that they are listened to.’

Now, staff will be bidding to become the best and be graded outstanding.

Inspectors said they need to build on the teaching of phonics and improve the quality of teaching and pupils’ progress.

Mrs France added: ‘We feel it’s about improving children’s understanding of how they can improve their work.

‘It’s about helping children to understand what’s going to help them to do better.’

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