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Hard work pays off for staff at Highbury school

IMPROVED Head Sarah Sadler works with pupils as Highbury Primary School celebrates a good Ofsted report. From back left, Ryan Betts, Sam Gratton, Amy McLenaghan. Front from left, Heidi Lihou and Abbie Hartt. 
Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (123787-1)

IMPROVED Head Sarah Sadler works with pupils as Highbury Primary School celebrates a good Ofsted report. From back left, Ryan Betts, Sam Gratton, Amy McLenaghan. Front from left, Heidi Lihou and Abbie Hartt. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (123787-1)

 

A CITY primary school has leapt out of special measures after it was praised by Ofsted.

Highbury Primary School in Cosham was plunged into special measures two years ago – but now inspectors have returned to the school and rated it as good.

Ofsted said pupils make good progress in reading, writing and maths and that they achieve well.

Students behave well, feel safe and have good attitudes to learning and they enjoy coming to school.

And the report said the subjects taught are interesting and exciting which provides a range of opportunities for pupils to develop their literacy and numeracy skills.

Headteacher Sarah Sadler said: ‘Everybody is very pleased that Ofsted has recognised all the effort and all the work that has gone in.

‘It’s as a result of a lot of hard work in ensuring that everything is managed robustly.

‘It’s mainly about pupils making progress and the focus on eradicating poor teaching and making sure children make the progress that they should do.

‘The staff have worked incredibly hard. They work very well together as a team and they are incredibly supportive of one another.

‘We got good in everything which is most pleasing. When it went into special measures there was a huge amount of work to do.

‘There were many areas that needed improvement. We had to work in a lot of different directions.’

Inspectors noted that self evaluation had correctly identified the most important areas for improvement.

‘We were very pleased that our own self-evaluation had been identified,’ added Mrs Sadler.

To step up to an outstanding school, teaching needs to be improved as not enough of it is outstanding.

Children need more opportunities to develop the ability to work by themselves, and their speaking and listening skills require further development.

‘The most important thing is to get more teaching to have outstanding elements to it,’ added Mrs Sadler.

‘I believe that we have the capacity to continuously improve in where we would like to take the school to be outstanding.’

 

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