Ofsted praises behaviour of Portsmouth school’s pupils

LEARNING From left, Jack Gregory, Daniel Claydon, and Dulcie-Mae Howarth are in the front row, with Laura Heathcote, headteacher Sara Spivey and Joel Hamorak at the back
LEARNING From left, Jack Gregory, Daniel Claydon, and Dulcie-Mae Howarth are in the front row, with Laura Heathcote, headteacher Sara Spivey and Joel Hamorak at the back
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OUTSTANDING behaviour by students has helped a Portsmouth secondary school to receive a top Ofsted inspection.

Springfield School in Drayton was deemed to be good with outstanding features.

Inspectors said students enjoy school and make good progress.

Teaching is typically good and sometimes outstanding and strong relationships between teachers and their classes help students to become confident learners.

Leadership and management was also seen to be a big strength, as well as students’ behaviour.

Sara Spivey only joined the school as headteacher at the beginning of the summer term.

She said: ‘It’s a real success story for the school. My understanding is that the inspectors talked about the school being on the cusp of outstanding.

‘That’s really pleasing for the whole community.

‘For me it’s about the quality of teaching. That’s a key strength.

‘And the fact they described the students’ behaviour and how they work with each other so positively is a real accolade for the school.’

Inspectors said to improve, the quality of teaching needs to be outstanding across all subjects by ensuring teachers give students high quality written feedback, and provide more opportunities to tackle more complex tasks.

Ms Spivey added: ‘A lot of it is about sharing best practice.

‘We will be monitoring how effective this is and asking the kids for their feedback on it.

‘What students think is most crucial to what we do.’

And Ms Spivey, said her first three weeks have gone very well.

‘What’s been really exciting for me is coming in and finding staff who really want to be outstanding, and second best isn’t good enough,’ she said.

‘The school is in a good position but as headteacher it’s good to be able to feel you can add value to the school and work with the existing staff to make things even better.’