Only way is up for staff and students at junior school

Lyndhurst Junior School in Portsmouth has improved their latest ofsted report, Pupils with headteacher Margaret Beel in the school playground
Lyndhurst Junior School in Portsmouth has improved their latest ofsted report, Pupils with headteacher Margaret Beel in the school playground

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IMPROVEMENTS to the standards of maths and above-average English skills have helped a Portsmouth school to a better rating in its latest Ofsted inspection.

Lyndhurst Junior School in Crofton Road in North End was given a ‘satisfactory’ rating in its last inspection four years ago.

But now staff and students are celebrating after the latest inspection raised the school to ‘good’.

The inspection noted that attainment in maths is high – an improvement on the previous report – and it is above average in English.

However, it was also observed that pupils’ writing skills are weaker in some cases, which prevented the school from becoming rated as outstanding.

Kathryn Robinson, deputy headteacher at the school, said: ‘We were very pleased with the report but we feel that it reflects the hard work that has been put in to raising standards at the school.

‘We felt it was a big “well done” for everybody. It was well deserved.

‘It gives us the recognition for what we believed we were as a school.

‘A lot of the improvement drive was towards raising standards in maths and so that is pleasing.’

The report also noted that teaching is good, with an increasing number of outstanding lessons, but that other lessons lack the pace to produce high quality learning.

The inspector added that pupils are friendly, helpful and that they get on well together.

Incidents of poor behaviour are dealt with well so they rarely affect the learning.

‘The quality of the teaching was recognised,’ added Mrs Robinson.

‘Ofsted came in and found exactly what the leadership team in the school felt about the quality of the teaching. That was justification for us.’

The report noted that to improve further, the school needs to raise achievement in writing and to improve the quality of teaching so that the majority of it is at an outstanding level.

‘All of the areas that were highlighted for improvement we have already been working on,’ she added.

‘We feel that we have made a lot of steps already.

‘Ofsted have come in and have agreed with where we say we are going next as a school.

‘We feel really on a high as a school now. It’s given us a lift.

‘We are ready to fight the next step in becoming an outstanding school.’