It doesn’t get any better – head is thrilled by report

REPORT St James' Primary headteacher Bruce Waelend with Year 5 pupils, left, Conall Templeman and Max Edgington. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131928-0445)
REPORT St James' Primary headteacher Bruce Waelend with Year 5 pupils, left, Conall Templeman and Max Edgington. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131928-0445)
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EXCELLENT teaching and impeccable behaviour by pupils has helped an Emsworth school to be deemed outstanding in all areas.

Ofsted inspectors visited St James’ Church of England VC Primary School and said standards have improved, since the last inspection when the school was graded good.

The report said that outstanding teaching meets the needs of all groups of pupils and attainment in reading and maths remains consistently high.

Pupils are always polite and respectful to each other and to adults.

Headteacher Bruce Waelend said: ‘It doesn’t get any better. It’s the highest possible grade in all the areas that they judged us. We were delighted.

‘For me it’s a reflection on the amazing staff team here.

‘It’s about amazing teaching and wonderful children and a terrific team of professionals. I have never worked with anybody like them.’

The report praised the governing body which has undertaken training to improve their skills.

Inspectors also recognised the school value of ‘Respect, Friendship and Excellence’, which lead to an excellent environment for learning.

‘I was delighted with the way that our values were recognised as being at the heart of the high levels of achievement,’ added Mr Waelend. ‘What was lovely was seeing children not afraid to talk about the school.

‘They were trying to explain how lovely they thought the place was.

‘They do enjoy coming in. You stand at the front of the school to welcome the children and they are running in smiling and happy.’

Inspectors said to improve further, the school needs to raise attainment and improve progress in writing so pupils achieve the same high standard in writing as they do in reading and maths.

And Mr Waelend said he is confident the school will continue to get better.

‘It will improve, I’m very positive,’ he said.

‘I’m feeling aspirational. I want world class for the children. We want better than outstanding. I want every child to be able to leave this school and still have all their hopes and dreams.’