Good behaviour and leadership pay off for Rowner school

Rowner Infant School ofsted. Front L-R Evan Jones 7 and Kiera Searles 5. Back L-R Brooke Corbin 5, Wendy Mitchell Deputy head, George Pulford 5, Grace Clarke 7, Debra Redpath Headteacher and Bradley Keates 5.''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (13792-1)
Rowner Infant School ofsted. Front L-R Evan Jones 7 and Kiera Searles 5. Back L-R Brooke Corbin 5, Wendy Mitchell Deputy head, George Pulford 5, Grace Clarke 7, Debra Redpath Headteacher and Bradley Keates 5.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (13792-1)
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GOOD behaviour by pupils and strong leadership have helped a school improve its Ofsted rating.

Rowner Infant School has seen standards improve significantly, moving on from a satisfactory rating to officially become a good school.

Inspectors said a focus by the headteacher on improving teaching and pupils’ achievement has been very successful.

Children settle into school quickly and make good progress in the Reception classes.

The report said that pupils enjoy coming to school, feel safe and behave well, and that they make good progress to reach average standards by the end of Year 2.

Headteacher Debra Redpath said: ‘We were delighted that they recognised the team effort that had gone into it and it was a collective team of leaders, governors, staff and parents all pulling together for a community goal.

‘There has been a clear focus on children as individuals and unpicking what things work for some children and how we can replicate that for others.

‘The staff are brilliant. They have had lots of additional opportunities for training and they have bought into that. They are very supportive of one another.’

Ms Redpath added that it was good to see some positive news for the community.

‘We’re pleased that we are seen as a major part of the community,’ she said.

‘Rowner has had some bad press over the years. It’s nice that it’s being seen in a different light.’

To improve further, there needs to be more outstanding teaching by sharing practice across the school and giving pupils more chance to learn at their own pace.

Also, writing needs to be improved as standards are currently higher in reading and maths.

Ms Redpath says she is passionate about making the necessary progress.

‘It’s children’s lives and their opportunities,’ she said.

‘They get one chance in early years education.

‘If we don’t get the early years right they aren’t going to be interested and motivated to continue.’