Ofsted inspectors say Stubbington school is ‘outstanding’

OFSTED SUCCESS Headteacher Ali Russell with pupils, from left, David Onyike, Jacques Mitchell, Giorgia Woodhouse, Wasif Altaf, Eve Norton  and Niamh Hilton with some musical instruments. Picture: Sarah Standing (123326-6838)
OFSTED SUCCESS Headteacher Ali Russell with pupils, from left, David Onyike, Jacques Mitchell, Giorgia Woodhouse, Wasif Altaf, Eve Norton and Niamh Hilton with some musical instruments. Picture: Sarah Standing (123326-6838)
Yousef Alam 6, Isabella Doyle 6, Halle Wellham 6, George McKechnie 6 and Isabel Manchip 6 with one of the islands they made out of papier mache

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PUPILS, parents and staff at a Stubbington school are celebrating after being rated outstanding in every category by Ofsted.

Inspectors heaped praise on Crofton Hammond Junior School. It’s an improvement on its last inspection which saw the school receive a good rating overall.

The report said pupils have very positive attitudes to learning and they behave extremely well in lessons and around the school.

It added that teachers come up with imaginative ways to provide ‘a wealth of rich experiences for pupils’ and that lessons fully engage children and move at a brisk pace.

Alison Russell, who has this week officially been appointed headteacher at the school, said: ‘I have been at the school for five years and we are thrilled.

‘I have seen how hard the staff and children work.

‘The previous headteacher had a clear idea of where the school was going and we carried that on.

‘The inspectors were very impressed with what they saw around the school.

‘We got top scores across the board, and that was under the new framework.

‘Under the new framework it was considered that junior schools would find that very difficult because we had to have everything in place.

‘So to get outstanding judgments in all areas was phenomenal.

‘The reading levels in the school are particularly outstanding and I have always felt that.

‘Books are valued and if the children love to read then that goes through every part of the curriculum.’

Now, the school will begin to build on the outstanding reading and writing skills to further improve the standards.

‘We have got exceptional reading and we have very good writing scores,’ Miss Russell added. ‘We want to creatively develop the writing and use it in drama and music.’

Miss Russell said the staff have worked extremely hard.

‘They are a fantastic team. I am so inspired by the team of staff,’ she said.

‘And it’s not just the teaching staff, it’s everyone in our school. They are so dedicated and so committed.

‘They go the extra mile to make sure that the little person gets the education every day that they deserve. I am very proud of that.’