Fareham junior school rated ‘satisfactory’

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A JUNIOR school in Fareham that has an excellent record for including pupils with hearing problems has been graded satisfactory by Ofsted.

Wallisdean Juniors is an improving school and was praised by inspectors for a rising proportion of good teaching, better pupil attainment in exams and very strong pastoral care.

It received positive comments about its Ark unit, which supports hearing-impaired pupils and was given an outstanding grade for encouraging pupils to take up healthy lifestyles.

But the school has been told to raise pupils’ attainment by ‘eradicating inconsistencies in teaching’ and giving pupils more opportunities to share their views on the curriculum and reflect on their lessons.

Inspector Mick Pye said: ‘In recent years attainment by the end of Year Six (final year) has been low. This has changed, with attainment in English broadly average since 2010.

‘As a consequence of improved teaching, coupled with appropriate curriculum changes, current attainment in maths is also broadly average.’

He added: ‘The quality of teaching is satisfactory.

‘However, there is now more good teaching. Pupils enjoy their learning and behaviour is good.

‘These factors contribute to pupils’ satisfactory and improving achievement levels.’

Head Natasha Farrell said the school should reach ‘good’ overall with outstanding features within a year to 18 months.

She added: ‘The staff are committed to achieving that goal and are working enthusiastically to bring that about.’

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