Portsmouth school is given praise in Ofsted report

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A SOUTHSEA school has been given special recognition in a survey by Ofsted.

The government education watchdog gave a favourable mention to the Mary Rose School in the report, which was released yesterday.

Mary Rose’s headteacher Alison Beane said: ‘I feel extremely proud and I am absolutely delighted with the outstanding judgment by Ofsted.’

The survey praised schools rated ‘outstanding’ but warned that many schools marked as ‘satisfactory’ are lacklustre and are not pushing children to reach their potential.

Fourteen per cent of schools in England had been judged ‘satisfactory’ in two successive inspections.

An ‘inadequate’ judgment can often trigger rapid improvement, but it is thought being marked as satisfactory can lead schools to stay at this level as they lack the ambition to rise higher, the report suggests.

Schools minister Nick Gibb said: ‘It’s a real concern that some schools with very able intakes are merely coasting instead of making sure students achieve their full potential.’