Outstanding teaching and good leadership impress inspectors

Whiteley Primary school ofsted, pictured in the school's adventure playground are pupils L-R Oliver Whitehouse 7, Imogen Brown 6, Lewis Jennings 8, Annabelle Oddoye 8, Mackenzie Fawcett 9, Krishna Gopal 8 (all sp corr)''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131313-1)

Whiteley Primary school ofsted, pictured in the school's adventure playground are pupils L-R Oliver Whitehouse 7, Imogen Brown 6, Lewis Jennings 8, Annabelle Oddoye 8, Mackenzie Fawcett 9, Krishna Gopal 8 (all sp corr)''Picture: Paul Jacobs (131313-1)

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EXCELLENT achievement by pupils has helped Whiteley Primary School to be rated outstanding across the board.

The school in Gull Coppice has leapt from good up to outstanding since its last Ofsted inspection five years ago.

Inspectors said that teaching is outstanding and results in excellent learning and progress.

The headteacher provides inspiring leadership and an exceptional drive which results in the school’s highly positive ethos.

And the report also said that the rich range of subjects and topics in the curriculum provide stimulating experiences for children.

Headteacher Lesley Pennington said she was thrilled with the report.

‘I feel that the team really did get to know our school well so I feel it does reflect what goes on here,’ she said.

‘I’m pleased that we were able to show the school at its best. We are a big school so it’s about getting that consistency.

‘For us, the key has been working on the quality of teaching to ensure that there was outstanding teaching across the school.

‘We’ve been working on our leadership and making sure we had developed what we had planned.

‘For me, it’s about the great team spirit,’ she said.

‘I do feel it’s something we can be proud of. People want to do well and they did pull together during the inspection.

‘We had hoped that we would get outstanding at some point. So to have done what we set out to achieve, everyone is proud.’

Inspectors also said that pupils feel safe at school and they enjoy all aspects of school life.

‘The pupils are great,’ she said.

‘They are a pleasure to teach. They expect good teaching and they respond well to it. They enjoy coming to school and they have great attitudes to learning.’

Inspectors said the school needs to develop pupils’ understanding of how to improve their work in writing.

Now, Mrs Pennington is hoping that the staff can continue at that high level.

‘For us the challenge will be to continue that momentum,’ she said.

‘It’s about not resting on our laurels and continuing that journey. There are still 625 children here and we want to provide a good education to them.’

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