Portsmouth headteacher speaks of pride at Ofsted report

Arundel Court Primary School in Portsmouth has had a good Ofsted report. Pupils are pictured with headteacher Karen Stocks ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151007-1)

Arundel Court Primary School in Portsmouth has had a good Ofsted report. Pupils are pictured with headteacher Karen Stocks ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151007-1)

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  • First Ofsted since Arundel Court became a primary school
  • Graded good with outstanding features
  • Children achieving in reading, writing and maths
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IT’S the first time it’s been inspected since it became a primary school and now Arundel Court has been given the thumbs-up by Ofsted inspectors.

Arundel Court Primary and Nursery School in Landport has been graded ‘good with outstanding features’.

The school has come a long way. We feel we are in a strong position now.

Karen Stocks

The infant and junior schools joined to become a primary in September 2013.

Inspectors said that pupils achieve well in reading, writing and maths and occasionally, progress in reading is outstanding. The school is said to have a rich curriculum which enhances pupils’ learning exceptionally well.

Inspectors praised the headteacher and deputy head for the strong, caring leadership.

Teaching and achievement are good and behaviour is excellent. And the early years provision was described as outstanding.

Headteacher Karen Stocks said: ‘We are really pleased. The school has come a long way. We feel we are in a strong position now.

‘It’s great that they acknowledged that the curriculum is rich and they could see that we work so hard to make it so exciting. That impacts greatly on the children’s learning.

‘Coupled with that is the excellent relationships and outstanding behaviour. The children are absolutely fantastic in school and they feel safe and work so well together. We were really pleased with the early years judgement too.’

And Mrs Stocks said the teachers and staff worked incredibly hard.

‘I am so proud that they have been recognised. They are totally committed to the school’s vision and ethos.

‘We have got highly motivated staff so highly motivated children that want to do well. They are achieving well in reading, writing and maths. Given such low starting points, the children make incredible progress.’

And now, everyone at the school will be working hard to try and become outstanding next time. Inspectors said teaching and learning needs to be improved by giving regular feedback to pupils in maths and helping spelling and boys’ writing to improve.

Mrs Stocks added: ‘It’s about the writing – it needs to be better. It’s all down to the new curriculum and the new expectations.

‘We were disappointed that we weren’t outstanding but we know how hard it is to get that judgement. We are optimistic for next time.

‘We want the kids to have the best education.’

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