Hard work pays off after Ofsted report praises Portchester school

Headteacher Richard Carlyle celebrates with pupils and staff after Portchester Community School's recent glowing Ofsted report. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150180-2)
Headteacher Richard Carlyle celebrates with pupils and staff after Portchester Community School's recent glowing Ofsted report. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150180-2)
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INSPECTORS have heaped praise on a school for turning things around and driving up standards.

Portchester Community School has gone from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ in its most recent Ofsted inspection.

Inspectors concluded that the new headteacher, senior leaders and governors have acted with determination to improve things at the school.

Teaching is good as students are learning more quickly now than in the past and staff have high expectations of students.

Students behave consistently well in lessons because they are keen to learn and almost all of them take pride in their school and in their work.

Headteacher Richard Carlyle said: ‘We were pleased. It was a really good judgement.

‘When I started a year ago, there was a lot of work to do.

‘The local authority made it very clear to me when I took on this job that I had less than 12 months to make it a good school.

‘They said that the students’ behaviour was exemplary and that uniform is worn with pride.

‘Good teaching in most subjects is helping students to make good progress.’

In the summer of 2013, the school’s English results slumped to the lowest in the county.

But inspectors noticed huge strengths and improvements with good quality of teaching in English.

Now, staff will be working hard to improve standards even further and to try and make it an outstanding school.

The report said it needs to improve teaching to outstanding and make sure leadership and management is better.

Mr Carlyle added: ‘The report highlights stretching and challenging the most able students.

‘That’s about pushing gifted and talented students and targeting students for A grades and A* grades and embedding literacy across the school.

‘I’m very happy that the school is going in the right direction.’