Hard work pays off as Portsmouth school is commended in Ofsted inspection

Headteacher Lyndsey Cook with, from left, Jessemina Hendon, six, Samuel Shaw, six, Harvey Linford, six, and Abigail Barker, five. Picture: Sarah Standing (143026-1567)
Headteacher Lyndsey Cook with, from left, Jessemina Hendon, six, Samuel Shaw, six, Harvey Linford, six, and Abigail Barker, five. Picture: Sarah Standing (143026-1567)

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STAFF and pupils at a school have been praised for their hard work in an Ofsted inspection.

Southsea Infant School in Collingwood Road, Southsea, has been graded ‘good’ across the board – the second-highest rating out of four.

Inspectors said the headteacher has a clear and ambitious vision for the school.

Pupils’ behaviour is good and their attitudes to learning are positive.

Children feel safe at school and there are few instances of bullying.

And the report said that pupils’ overall attainment by the end of Year 2 was consistently significantly above average in the three years up to 2013.

Headteacher Lyndsey Cook, said: ‘We are really pleased. The report sums up what we felt about the school.

‘Bearing in mind that the inspection regime is harder than it was, it’s really good to still be “good”.

‘We are pleased with the fact they recognised the values of the school and the hard work of the governors. They recognised the quality of the teaching.

‘The children really enjoyed coming into school.

‘The report says how the children’s general attitude to learning is positive. That’s key to us.

‘The staff work very hard. It shows that we provide a really good education.

‘We are pleased that we send them up to the juniors with a good base to move on to junior school.’

To improve further, inspectors said the school needs to focus on greater impact from teachers’ feedback to pupils about how to improve the quality of their work.

That includes clear marking so pupils know how to improve.

‘The ambition is to be outstanding and to continue to strive to improve things,’ Mrs Cook added.

‘We will continue to work with the teachers to improve their teaching in the classroom with training and mentoring.

‘I am sure we can reach outstanding in the future.’