Ofsted finds school is taking steps in the right direction

Wimborne Junior School in Wimborne Road, Southsea Ofsted. Pictured is  headteacher Carina Jacobs with pupils playing a ball game.
Wimborne Junior School in Wimborne Road, Southsea Ofsted. Pictured is headteacher Carina Jacobs with pupils playing a ball game.

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INSPECTORS have praised a school for making good progress after it was placed into special measures earlier this year.

Following an Ofsted inspection in January, Wimborne Junior School in Southsea, which had previously been rated as good with outstanding features in 2008, was placed in special measures.

But after inspectors returned to the school in June, they said that the school has made satisfactory progress.

The school was told in January that it needed to eradicate underachievement in writing, to secure better progress in maths and to improve the standard of teaching.

The latest inspection reported that the school is achieving this to a satisfactory standard.

Headteacher Carina Jacobs said: ‘We have continued to work hard with our maths and our reading.

‘We have upped the expectation of what we are expecting our children to achieve. It just goes to show what they are capable of. Our children are very willing to learn.

‘We have been working hard on our reading and getting reading sessions where the children have the opportunity to read with the teachers once a week.

‘We are pleased with the progress we have made since the last inspection. It’s a short period of time.

‘The results from our SAT tests and the results from the rest of the school show that the progress we are making is there in maths and in reading. We need to focus more on writing.

‘But we are definitely going on the right track.

‘We want to make progress as quickly as possible. We have had some positive comments from parents which is great.’

The school has appointed a literacy co-ordinator in a bid to improve literacy standards.

The Ofsted inspectors noted that raising pupils’ achievement is at the heart of the school’s agenda and that standards in English and maths are rising.

The report also noted that pupils were engaged with English and maths because the learning was more interesting and better meeting their needs. It added that teaching is strengthening with a growing proportion of lessons rated as good.