Good behaviour by pupils helps Southsea school to improve

TOP MARKS Craneswater Junior pupils, from left, Sukwant Kaur and Sabina Ayathurai with headteacher Dave Jones. Picture: Sarah Standing (131266-3461)
TOP MARKS Craneswater Junior pupils, from left, Sukwant Kaur and Sabina Ayathurai with headteacher Dave Jones. Picture: Sarah Standing (131266-3461)
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PUPILS at a city school have been praised by Ofsted for their excellent behaviour.

Inspectors visited Craneswater Junior School in Southsea and graded the school as good, with outstanding features in relation to the behaviour and safety of pupils.

The report says pupils make good progress and reach standards of attainment which are above average, particularly in maths.

Most teaching is good and some is outstanding. Lessons move along at a good pace.

And inspectors noted that teachers know a lot about the topics they teach and are confident in using a wide range of approaches to engage the pupils.

Headteacher Dave Jones said: ‘We’re very pleased with the outcome. I felt it was deserved.

‘The teachers worked hard on developing relationships with the children and they responded well.

‘That’s why they have got outstanding for behaviour.

‘We know the children get along with each other. They are confident.

‘They are keen to learn so they feel well cared for and they make good progress which is important.

‘They’re engaged with learning and they want to learn. The teachers work hard to put on lessons that are engaging.’

To improve, inspectors said a greater proportion of teaching must be outstanding, which can be achieved by sharing best practice in the school and giving pupils more time to think for themselves and to get on with their work.

Also, the pace of progress in writing for disabled pupils and those with special needs needs to be improved.

Mr Jones added: ‘We’re going to improve the proportion of outstanding teaching.

‘We’ve got a coaching programme planned. That’s going to be our focus over the next few years.’

And Mr Jones is confident the school is on the right track to outstanding.

‘I know we can make good progress and raise the proportion of outstanding teaching,’ he said.

‘I know we have got the people in place within the school to achieve that.

‘We have got good staff here who will support each other in improving.’