Former pupil now head celebrates Fareham school’s best ever Ofsted inspection

DELIGHTED Alison Pratt
DELIGHTED Alison Pratt
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A HEADTEACHER who was a former pupil at the school she’s in charge of has celebrated its best-ever Ofsted grade.

After three consecutive ‘good’ reports, Orchard Lea Infants in Kennedy Avenue, Fareham, is now good with outstanding features.

Inspectors praised pupils’ behaviour and attendance which leapt from a satisfactory rating at the previous inspection.

Headteacher Alison Pratt, who was a pupil in 1971 when the school first opened, is thrilled with the positive report.

She said: ‘I am so lucky to lead a really conscientious and dedicated team of teachers and governors who all work so hard to provide the best for our children.

‘We are all incredibly pleased with the Ofsted and the fact that we got outstanding in the very areas we hold dearest to our hearts – working with parents and the care and guidance for pupils.’

Inspectors praised the school’s ‘stimulating’ curriculum which makes learning ‘real’, as well as good progress for all pupils despite entering with below average skills.

Mrs Pratt said: ‘Children really want to come into school, and this is reflected in our high attendance levels.

‘We have lots of external visitors and our pupils take part in drama workshops to bring their topics to life.

‘It’s all about making the curriculum engaging, rather than having a teacher standing at the front of the class telling pupils what to do.

‘Our children are encouraged to tell us what they want to learn about, and all the subjects are integrated so that they get a holistic experience rather than taking subjects like maths and science on their own.

‘We also get the parents involved, and every year the children create their own learning journal which is filled with photos and pieces of work for the whole family to enjoy – and keep the memories alive.’

She added: ‘Orchard Lea is a harmonious community and I’m delighted the inspectors recognised that.

‘If the children are getting on with each other that enables everyone to learn more effectively.’

To read the full report go to ofsted.gov.uk