Head’s shock as school is ranked bottom of class

STAYING POSITIVE Head Linda Stallion with pupils, from left, Lucy Grace, Sonny-Lee Taviner, Tia Martin, Sonner Madgwick and Marzuq Hussain.     Picture: Malcolm Wells (110807-4875)
STAYING POSITIVE Head Linda Stallion with pupils, from left, Lucy Grace, Sonny-Lee Taviner, Tia Martin, Sonner Madgwick and Marzuq Hussain. Picture: Malcolm Wells (110807-4875)
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THE headteacher of a popular school given a notice to improve admitted she was surprised to be placed in the worst Ofsted category.

Linda Stallion, of Langstone Infants in Copnor, received the poor grading despite being applauded for ‘good’ early years provision and average or above average standards in reading and maths.

But she has resolved to stay positive and is now setting her sights on a good Ofsted report in two years’ time.

Mrs Stallion said: ‘There is no use dwelling on the negatives.

‘I know we have a lot of things to be proud of at this school and parents are incredibly pleased with us because their children are happy here and feel safe.

‘We were all surprised to be given a notice to improve, especially as the inspector noted a lot of good points.

‘There are other schools in the city that have been given the same judgements as we had and have come out with a satisfactory overall grade.

‘But looking at our scorings, there were lots of categories rated good and I’m confident we can pull the school up to an overall good in the next two years.’

At the last Ofsted inspection, Langstone Juniors received a satisfactory grade and was told to improve its early years foundation standards. This year, despite the early years group coming up to scratch, inspectors are demanding better results for years one and two.

Mrs Stallion, who is embracing the recommendations, said: ‘We were applauded for having excellent provision for pupils with learning difficulties who would potentially fall behind but now we have to find new ways to push those who are very able.’

Mrs Stallion now has plans to visit a number of outstanding Ofsted infant and junior schools to see how they do things. She said: ‘I want to draw on local expertise to inform our own approaches to teaching and learning, especially for our potential level three achievers.

‘I appreciate the next step up in terms of Ofsted grades is satisfactory, but why should we aim for that when we are more than capable of being a good Ofsted school.’

The school which had its inspection on January 17 and 18 was given three inadequate, 15 satisfactory and 10 good ratings out of a total of 28 sub categories.

It was said to have a satisfactory capacity for sustained improvement.