Good marks for all at Southsea school following inspection

GOOD JOB Headteacher Alison Spittles with pupils, Rayan Chowdhury, Simon Olaifa, Hannah Brown, Lauren South, Honey Hillage and Harry Cosh. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133065-040)
GOOD JOB Headteacher Alison Spittles with pupils, Rayan Chowdhury, Simon Olaifa, Hannah Brown, Lauren South, Honey Hillage and Harry Cosh. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133065-040)
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GOOD progress by pupils has helped a Southsea infant school to be graded good across the board.

Goldsmith Infant School has been praised by inspectors.

The report said that pupils make good progress because they are well taught and that progress has been strengthened in reading, writing and maths.

Children have positive attitudes, behave well and say they enjoy coming to school.

In lessons, children work well together, readily answering questions and joining in with discussions.

The nursery, which is federated with the school, was also graded good across the board.

Headteacher Alison Spittles said: ‘We are really pleased.

‘We are delighted that within the federation, right the way through our provision has been rated as good.

‘Pupils make good progress. As a headteacher it’s about the direction of the staff right the way across the school.

‘I am very proud to be the headteacher here.

‘All the staff work incredibly hard to provide an interesting curriculum so we meet the needs of all the children.

‘It’s about providing a stimulating curriculum so the children enjoy coming to school.

‘The children are very happy at school.

‘They are very proud of their school and proud to be a part of the things that we do.

‘They enjoy being here and feel safe and secure.’

To improve, inspectors said the school needs to strengthen the quality of teaching and increase the proportion of lessons where learning is outstanding.

And more needs to be done to improve achievement in writing.

‘We need to focus on attendance,’ Mrs Spittles said.

‘We need to look at raising teaching and learning even higher so we have got more outstanding teaching.

‘And we need to improve achievement in writing. We are involved in the Talk for Writing project. We are working on our action plan for development in that area.’

Mrs Spittles added she is confident the school will become outstanding.

She said: ‘I’ve got the right team and the right senior leaders and governors to take the school even further.’