Celebrations at school as it takes a step up the rankings in report

(l-r) Pupils, Owen Syddall, Ella Reilly, Jorja Selway, Lisa Dunning headteacher, Cameron Croucher, Matthew Williams and Millie Howie. ''Langstone Junior School, Southsea has been reated as Good by a recent Ofsted inspection.  ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (131360-688)

(l-r) Pupils, Owen Syddall, Ella Reilly, Jorja Selway, Lisa Dunning headteacher, Cameron Croucher, Matthew Williams and Millie Howie. ''Langstone Junior School, Southsea has been reated as Good by a recent Ofsted inspection. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (131360-688)

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INTERESTING lessons combined with good and outstanding teaching has helped a Portsmouth school get an improved rating by Ofsted.

Inspectors went to Langstone Junior School in Copnor and rated it as good – an improvement from the previous visit when it was deemed satisfactory.

Inspectors said pupils make good progress in reading, writing and maths during their time in school due to good and sometimes outstanding teaching.

They said teachers plan interesting lessons which ensures that pupils learn well and make good progress.

They also praised teaching assistants and said that excellent leadership by the headteacher helps the school to rapidly improve.

Headteacher Lisa Dunning said: ‘We had graded ourselves as good in our school’s self-evaluation so were thrilled that Ofsted agreed with our judgments.

‘I feel incredibly proud of the whole school team.

‘I’m most pleased that specific areas that we have worked really hard on were recognised in the report.

‘The children at Langstone Junior School have a positive attitude towards school and are keen to learn.

‘The whole school team work incredibly hard to ensure that pupils make good progress as well as feeling safe and happy in school.’

To become an outstanding school, inspectors said teaching needs to be improved to further raise achievement. Also, staff need to increase pupils’ awareness of Britain’s cultural diversity in order to improve their understanding of cultures other than their own.

‘We are now working on creating a new school improvement plan to build on the good elements and look at how these can become outstanding,’ added Mrs Dunning.

‘We are gathering views and ideas from all members of the school team and using the Ofsted framework to ensure that we are all clear about what outstanding looks like.

‘We believe that by being consistently good and ensuring that attainment and progress remains our focus that we could become outstanding.’

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