Ofsted report shows Gosport school is on right path

Peel Common governor Heather Smith, front, and headteacher Lesley Spicer with pupils, from left, Daisy Fyfe, five, Rosie Pellatt, six, Logan Cooke, six, Owen Smith, six, Evie Rye, four, and Frazer Smith, four. Picture: Malcolm Wells (143589-7308)

Peel Common governor Heather Smith, front, and headteacher Lesley Spicer with pupils, from left, Daisy Fyfe, five, Rosie Pellatt, six, Logan Cooke, six, Owen Smith, six, Evie Rye, four, and Frazer Smith, four. Picture: Malcolm Wells (143589-7308)

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TOP teaching and good progress by pupils at an infant school has won praise from Ofsted in an inspection.

Peel Common Nursery and Infant School in Rowner, Gosport, has been graded good across the board.

Inspectors said that it is a good and improving school which is well led by the headteacher and leadership team.

All groups of pupils make good progress, including pupils with disabilities or special educational needs and disadvantaged pupils.

The report said children reach standards in reading and writing that are above most schools nationally.

And pupils feel safe and secure in school.

Headteacher Lesley Spicer said: ‘We were all very pleased and proud to be recognised as good across the board.

‘It reflects the hard work and great teamwork in the school. Everyone is part of the family at Peel Common Nursery and Infant School and we were extremely happy that this was seen by Ofsted.

‘We were pleased with the personal way the report was written as it reflected our happy school.

‘We were particularly pleased with the praise for the nursery and how this gives the children the very best start to their educational life.

‘We were also pleased that the standard of teaching was praised and that pupils make good progress.

‘We have worked very hard on ensuring that all children, no matter their circumstances, make good progress and achieve well and so were very happy that this was recognised.’

Mrs Spicer said her staff deserve a lot of praise for their efforts.

‘The staff are very hard working,’ she said. ‘The whole team works together and feel like a family.’

To improve, inspectors said the standard of maths needs to match that of reading and writing, and assessment data needs to be improved throughout the school.

Mrs Spicer added: ‘We are confident that we can move towards being an outstanding school.

‘We have a strong and passionate leadership team, including support and challenge from dedicated governors, a committed, talented and hard-working staff and enthusiastic, wonderful children.’

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