Celebrations for staff and pupils as school sees big improvement

14/1/15  Portsdown Primary School, Ofsted. British values was mentioned in the report L-R Megan Hanna 11, Louisa Mycroft 10, Kieran Edgecock 11, Head Irene Baldry, Marteena Soyan 11, Ellis Mcdowall 10,  Picture: Paul Jacobs (150055-1) PPP-150114-152732001
14/1/15 Portsdown Primary School, Ofsted. British values was mentioned in the report L-R Megan Hanna 11, Louisa Mycroft 10, Kieran Edgecock 11, Head Irene Baldry, Marteena Soyan 11, Ellis Mcdowall 10, Picture: Paul Jacobs (150055-1) PPP-150114-152732001
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OUTSTANDING behaviour by pupils has helped a school to climb up the Ofsted ladder.

Inspectors graded Portsdown Primary School in Cosham as a ‘good’ school with ‘outstanding’ features.

The inspection has seen the school rise from its previous grading of ‘requires improvement’.

The report said that the school has improved well and benefits from strong leadership.

Pupils achieve well in reading, writing and maths and although they have weak numeracy and literacy skills when starting school, their attainment is average by the time they leave.

Teaching is at least good and children have teaching staff who have an excellent awareness of those who are struggling and those who are doing well.

Deputy headteacher Daphne Wright said: ‘Everybody was absolutely thrilled to pieces for our children and for our whole team that have put in all that hard work.

‘We worked tirelessly to improve our school for the benefit of our children and our families.

‘We were really pleased with the behaviour and safety of our pupils which was outstanding. That was a major thing.

‘We have a dedicated team of mentors who help promote a sense of good behaviour.

‘It’s all about the care and the nurturing environment of the school which we feel is a strength.’

To improve further, the school needs to raise achievement by ensuring greater emphasis is placed on improving pupils’ spelling skills.

And pupils need to develop their problem-solving work, especially in maths.

Also, more teaching needs to be outstanding and teachers need to further raise expectations of what pupils can achieve.

Mrs Wright added: ‘We have set ourselves on the road. We know what the challenges are. What we are doing as a school is starting our journey to outstanding.’