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Excellent behaviour helps Denmead school gain good Ofsted grade

RESPECTFUL From left, Phoebe Alderslade, Josh Jakson, headteacher Jacqueline Bradshaw, Jamie Reid, Nissi Mavurah. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133238-124)

RESPECTFUL From left, Phoebe Alderslade, Josh Jakson, headteacher Jacqueline Bradshaw, Jamie Reid, Nissi Mavurah. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133238-124)

 

EXCELLENT behaviour helped an infant school to receive a top rating by Ofsted.

Denmead Infants has been graded good with outstanding features.

The inspectors said the school benefits from strong leadership by the executive headteacher and the head of school.

Pupils achieve well and attainment is consistently above average by the time pupils leave.

And excellent behaviour management means that relationships throughout the school are outstanding with pupils behaving exceptionally well.

Executive headteacher Jacqui Bradshaw said: ‘We knew it was a good school with many outstanding features.

‘It was good to have that validated by Ofsted who were very positive about the school and the children. We were really proud.

‘They were particularly impressed at how our children behave and how respectful they are.’

Mrs Bradshaw has praised the staff at the school.

‘We have got amazing teachers,’ she said.

‘They are so positive and passionate about children’s learning. Everyone has the same vision for the children.

‘They are a team. There’s a great consistency throughout the school. People have the best expectations and aspirations for the children which enables us to do the best we can.

‘The children love their school. They are very happy to come in in the mornings.

‘They make good progress.’

To improve further and become an outstanding school, inspectors said that staff need to build on the strategies for raising pupils’ achievement and enhancing teaching quality.

‘We will be taking on board the recommendations,’ Mrs Bradshaw said.

‘We are looking to improve how we feed back to the children regarding their learning and how we can make them more independent so they know that they need to do themselves to get to the next stage.’

And Mrs Bradshaw said she is confident the school will be graded outstanding.

‘I think to be honest we are in a stronger place than we were when we were inspected several years ago,’ she added.

‘It’s a changing culture. We have moved on as a school significantly from where we were four years ago.

‘The school is very well placed on its next inspection to get outstanding across the board.’

 

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