It’s party time as Gosport school leaps out of special measures

(clockwise from bottom left) Tyler Draper, Ruby Payne, executive headteacher Debby Marshall, Hayden D'Arcy, Keira-Louise Wiles, Lewis Wells, Cara Head, acting head of school, and Tilly Atkinson. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (141757-4785)
(clockwise from bottom left) Tyler Draper, Ruby Payne, executive headteacher Debby Marshall, Hayden D'Arcy, Keira-Louise Wiles, Lewis Wells, Cara Head, acting head of school, and Tilly Atkinson. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (141757-4785)
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IT’S been a time for celebrating at Elson Infants School after it climbed two places up the Ofsted ladder.

The school was graded good by inspectors which saw it come out of special measures after it was deemed to be inadequate in its previous inspection.

The new report said that teaching has improved rapidly and there are very positive relationships with pupils that ensure that they are eager to learn and respond well.

Pupils make good progress across the school and achieve above-average standards.

Headteacher Debby Marshall said: ‘We were absolutely thrilled and delighted for the school and the community.

‘It’s been two years of hard work. There are comments about positive relationships with the staff. Children are keen to learn and are proud of their work.

‘What it means to us is an acknowledgment of that hard work from everybody to the governing body, the teachers and the pupils.

‘There has been rapid improvement in the quality of teaching.

‘The staff have worked incredibly hard over that period of time.

‘We looked at the curriculum as part of that process and they have a very rich and exciting one.

‘The children are so excited about coming to school and are engaged in their learning.

‘We have taken that journey over two years.

‘There have been significant changes that have taken place.’

To improve even further and become outstanding, the school needs to make the quality of teaching to outstanding.

This means work needs to be sufficiently challenging and pupils need to be encouraged to develop their responses more fully in class discussions.

Mrs Marshall added: ‘For me, the future looks bright. We aren’t going to sit on our laurels.

‘We can start to look at what we want to do next to make ourselves an outstanding school.’

‘It’s about building on the good things we have done. I have already got outstanding teachers so it’s about sharing that good practice.’

The school had a day of celebrations to mark its rise out of special measures.

Families were invited in to enjoy a picnic and there was a bouncy castle, games and a chocolate fountain.