Ofsted praise for Meon Junior School

REPORT Middle, headteacher Louise Linscott with pupils, from left, Caitlin Bitri, Frankie Hardham, Grace Haynes and Luke Perryman. Picture: Sarah Standing (14439-1319)
REPORT Middle, headteacher Louise Linscott with pupils, from left, Caitlin Bitri, Frankie Hardham, Grace Haynes and Luke Perryman. Picture: Sarah Standing (14439-1319)

Ofsted labels Southsea school ‘outstanding’ in new report

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OUTSTANDING behaviour by pupils helped a Southsea school receive praise by Ofsted.

Meon Junior School in Portsmouth was graded as good with outstanding features in an inspection which took place last month.

Inspectors said teaching is ‘at least good’ across the school which enables all pupils to make good and often faster progress.

The report said that pupils’ behaviour and safety are outstanding, children are well cared for and that they respond by being caring towards each other.

Leaders use rigorous systems to check on the quality of teaching and identify how improvements can be made.

Headteacher Louise Linscott said: ‘I felt elated that in the current framework we achieved such a high score. I’m aware of how difficult it is.

‘The direction of travel has been going up consistently.

‘I was delighted that they recognised that the quality of teaching was at least good.

‘That means that there’s a lot of outstanding teaching, and really did please me.

‘He recognised that there was a real culture in the school of everyone wanting to improve. Everyone is travelling in the same direction.’

Mrs Linscott has praised the work ethic of her staff.

‘The staff are incredible. They are very hardworking. The report talked about us being a harmonious team. The teamwork is excellent in the school.

‘The children are so happy to come into school. Pupils love coming in and are highly enthusiastic learners.’

To improve further, the school needs to improve the quality of teaching and raise achievement so that a greater proportion of pupils make outstanding progress.

Mrs Linscott added: ‘We are continuing to send our teachers on the outstanding teacher programme. We make sure that we have excellent subject knowledge.’