Portsmouth junior school out of worst Ofsted category

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NORTHERN Parade Juniors is back on track and improving, according to an Ofsted inspection that has lifted it out of the lowest category.

The North End school, which was slapped with a notice to improve last February, has now been awarded a satisfactory Ofsted with a ‘good’ capacity to improve.

Inspectors praised the rapid academic improvements that recorded Sats results last year in line with national average results for the first time in several years.

The report also praised improved teaching standards, more rigorous monitoring of individual pupils and a high quality of care and guidance.

Northern Parade’s federation with the infant school and the new leadership team were also credited for increasing the capacity for sustained improvement.

Sue Wilson, executive head of the federation who was commended for her ‘tenacious’ efforts to improve the school, said: ‘This is really good news for the school. It shows that all the hard work of the staff, pupils, governors and parents in the last year has been effective.

‘We’re going to maintain this momentum and look forward to further improvements in the future.’