Good step up for Southsea school after inspection

Headteacher Beverly Naylor with (l-r) James Hunt (5) and Dylan Valentine-Dunn (5) during a reading lesson.''Picture: Sarah Standing (13391-7145)
Headteacher Beverly Naylor with (l-r) James Hunt (5) and Dylan Valentine-Dunn (5) during a reading lesson.''Picture: Sarah Standing (13391-7145)
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A FOCUS on improving reading skills has helped a school impress education inspectors.

Cumberland Infants School in Southsea has gone from ‘satisfactory’ up to a ‘good’ rating after an Ofsted inspection.

The report said that pupils make good progress and that attainment in reading is above average at the end of Year 2.

Standards are also rising in writing and maths because teaching is good. Behaviour is good throughout the school and often outstanding.

And the report said that children get off to a strong start in reception year, making good progress overall as they begin learning to read and write.

Headteacher Beverly Naylor said: ‘We were very pleased. It gave an accurate reflection of where the school is now.

‘Ofsted was very fair and supportive in many ways of what we were doing.

‘The children are well motivated to learn. They enjoy coming to school. We have worked hard on reading. We have had a lot of support from the local authority to improve the reading and the phonics.

‘The maths is still at the national average but it hasn’t had the same progress as the reading and the writing.’

Inspectors were also impressed with the links the school has with parents which make a significant contribution to pupils’ learning.

‘One of our big things is getting parents to have a part in the school,’ Mrs Naylor said.

‘One-hundred per cent of parents said they would recommend the school. That was fantastic for us because one thing we have worked hard on is to get parents involved.’

To become an outstanding school, inspectors said that the quality of teaching needs to be improved further.

And the school needs to ensure that pupils do as well in maths as they do in reading and writing.

Mrs Naylor added she is confident the school will become outstanding in the future.

‘What we have got planned is going to see outstanding practice in other schools and learning from each other and unpicking what it takes to be an outstanding teacher,’ she said.

‘We have made good progress in the last two years, so we are hopeful that’s where we will aim for next.

‘If we expect our children to be outstanding we have to be as well.’