Hard-working staff help Portsmouth school win Ofsted praise

Stamshaw Infant headteacher Jo Cooper with pupils, back row, from left, Lily Marriner, six, Zanthy Whitcombe, seven, and Jakub Idzik, six, with, front, Oliver Cooper, seven, and Scarlett Wyatt, six. Picture: Sarah Standing (150312-3385)
Stamshaw Infant headteacher Jo Cooper with pupils, back row, from left, Lily Marriner, six, Zanthy Whitcombe, seven, and Jakub Idzik, six, with, front, Oliver Cooper, seven, and Scarlett Wyatt, six. Picture: Sarah Standing (150312-3385)
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Hard-working staff and pupils have helped a school receive praise from Ofsted.

Stamshaw Infant School, in Stamshaw, was graded good across the board.

Inspectors said that pupils’ attainment is average by the end of Year 2. They make good progress in writing and maths and excellent progress in reading, given their starting points. Good teaching over time helps pupils achieve well and teachers plan lessons that engage children.

And the report said the headteacher provides strong, caring leadership and is well supported by senior leaders, managers and governors.

Headteacher Jo Cooper said: ‘I was delighted with the inspection and thrilled that the Ofsted team praised our many excellent features. I’m very proud of our wonderful children and their families.

‘I have an excellent team of staff who are dedicated and hardworking and make a difference to the lives of all our children.

‘Reading is a real strength at Stamshaw Infants and Ofsted recognised that we have excellent provision for reading ensuring a love of books is fostered.

‘One of the highlights of the report for us is that the team recognised that the school provides a caring and supportive learning environment where pupils develop confidence in their ability and flourish.’

Mrs Cooper said her team work very hard. ‘I am so proud of my amazing team of staff,’ she said.

‘They are hardworking and dedicated, always planning lessons which engage pupils well.

‘The children are enthusiastic and positive and absolutely love coming to school.

‘Ofsted noted that pupils displayed good attitudes towards their learning and enjoy lovely relationships with teachers and each other.’

To become outstanding, the school needs to have better teaching and pupils’ achievement needs to rise to higher 
levels.

Mrs Cooper added: ‘We have embraced the many changes in education this year and continually plan for exciting opportunities for all our children.

‘We have addressed any actions identified in the report and have plans in place to continue to strive for excellence across all areas to ensure that each child receives the very best education we can give.’