Ofsted praise for Southsea school where young readers are above average

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Joy as specialist Waterlooville school earns top Ofsted rating

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A SCHOOL that is satisfactory in name is certainly more than that in nature as Ofsted inspectors have praised improvements all round.

Wimborne Infants in Southsea has just been given a satisfactory report under the tougher Ofsted framework introduced in January.

But inspectors highlighted above average reading standards, ‘increasingly good’ teaching, good behaviour, an engaging curriculum and closing the gap between girls and boys in writing.

The report read: ‘This is an improving school with evidence now of good progress in each year group.

‘The number of good lessons is now increasing and achievement rates are improving.

‘High expectations result in pupils taking pride in their work.’

Julie Cragg, head, said: ‘I’m very pleased with the Ofsted. We may have a satisfactory grade but in practice our school is not just satisfactory – the report reflects that.

‘My staff have been working incredibly hard to get the school to where it is and we will now work flat out to ensure we will achieve the improvement targets.

‘We’re all so proud of this school. We have terrific children here who are very settled, and there’s always a lovely atmosphere.’