Portsmouth primary is ‘on the right path’

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A PRIMARY school in Portsmouth that saw an impressive 23 per cent increase in the number of pupils achieving expected writing levels is improving, according to Ofsted inspectors.

Stamshaw Juniors, which was given an overall ‘satisfactory’ grade in 2010, was judged to be making satisfactory progress following monitoring in December.

Despite a high turnover of staff, which headteacher Simon Cattermole explained was largely due to a significant number of newly-qualified teachers being promoted, the school was applauded for its teacher training, improved curriculum and good behaviour.

Youngsters with special educational needs or disabilities were also judged to be performing in line with their peers.

And last year, 81 per cent of school leavers achieved the target level four in their writing tests compared with 61 per cent in 2010.

Mr Cattermole said: ‘We are very pleased with our results which have leapt up and the report shows we are doing the right thing – we’re on the right path.

‘I hope next time the inspectors visit for a full Ofsted they get a really good understanding of what we are trying to do.

‘That is, producing well-rounded children who are prepared both academically and socially to go to secondary school.’

Mr Cattermole added that a rigorous training programme for teachers and teaching assistants was paying off.