Celebrations for all at school as Ofsted praise hard work

Staff and Pupils at Purbrook Park School in Purbrook celebrate the school's latest Ofsted report
Staff and Pupils at Purbrook Park School in Purbrook celebrate the school's latest Ofsted report
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  • School has been graded good across the board
  • Inspectors say teaching has improved
  • Students are taught well and make good progress in all subjects
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AN IMPROVEMENT in the quality of teaching has helped a school to climb the Ofsted ladder.

Purbrook Park School in Waterlooville has been graded good in every category – up from ‘requires improvement’ in the previous inspection.

I would like to congratulate all the staff for their hard work over the last two years

Paul Foxley, headteacher

Inspectors said the school has significantly improved because of the decisive and concerted efforts of school leaders. Students are taught well and make good progress in all subjects.

And the extra help given to disadvantaged and vulnerable students is robust, which is boosting their achievement.

Headteacher Paul Foxley said: ‘We’re delighted. We’ve worked hard. I’d like to congratulate all the staff for their hard work over the last two years.

‘I’m thrilled that the inspectors recognised the improvement to the quality of teaching across the school.

‘They said that students are taught well and that they make good progress in English and maths. They are important subjects that everyone needs to have a qualification in.

‘What I’m most pleased about is that they recognised that the quality of teaching is consistently good and sometimes outstanding.

‘From a leadership point of view we’ve got very high expectations for all the children in the school.

‘I wanted the teachers to focus on making sure every child does as well as they possibly can.’

Now, staff at the school will be hoping to go the extra mile and make Purbook Park rated as outstanding.

To make that improvement, inspectors said the school must extend and embed the most effective teaching and learning practices which are already in place to bring outstanding progress for all students.

Mr Foxley said: ‘The inspectors have recognised that we are a rapidly improving school. This is part of our journey to outstanding.

‘We need to continue with good and high quality teaching. We need to ensure that the teachers become more outstanding than they are now. We want to give more opportunities for the children to have debates and high quality arguments to promote their thinking skills.

‘I do believe that’s possible. The staff are here to get the school to outstanding.’