Inspectors praise Havant school as they lift notice to improve

ALL SMILES Heateacher Jim Hartley with, from left, Harvey Bone, Esther Arther-Worsop, Daisy Davies and Emily Relph-Dean.   Picture: Ian Hargreaves (113247-1)
ALL SMILES Heateacher Jim Hartley with, from left, Harvey Bone, Esther Arther-Worsop, Daisy Davies and Emily Relph-Dean. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (113247-1)
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A SCHOOL in Leigh Park is celebrating after inspectors praised its progress.

Trosnant Junior School was given notice to improve after education watchdog Ofsted criticised poor teaching and exam results last year.

But the notice has been lifted following the latest inspection and officials now grade the school satisfactory.

Inspectors praised it for ‘rapidly improving’ standards, having good to outstanding teaching and outstanding attendance.

In this year’s Key Stage Two results for primary school-leavers, 70 per cent of pupils attained the target pass rate for maths compared with 49 per cent last year,.

And 64 per cent achieved the target for English against 42 per cent in 2010.

Headteacher Jim Hartley said: ‘I’m incredibly proud of how far this school has come.

‘But we’re not under the illusion that it’s a job done. We can do a lot better.

‘We know standards have improved dramatically but it takes time to come through.’

The school’s previous bad Ofsted includes criticism of some teaching assistants with strong ‘Pompey’ accents for not speaking using the correct grammar.

Mr Hartley said the school had acquired ‘virtually a new team’ of teachers and learning support assistants since January 2010, when he took over as head.

He said: ‘We are making learning fun for the children, and they enjoy coming to school, which is crucial.’

The sense of fun has been boosted by schemes such as bike giveaways and a new employee who works closely with families.

Mr Hartley said that as a result, the school’s attendance rate has soared to 96 per cent.

‘If a child doesn’t come into school, that child doesn’t learn’ he added.

‘With strong attendance and teaching I’m confident our results next year will be even better than this year’s.’

Trosnant Infants is also in high spirits after receiving a ‘good’ Ofsted with an ‘outstanding’ for behaviour.

Mr Hartley heads up both schools, which became a federation in May 2010.