AN IMPROVEMENT in teaching has helped a Portsmouth school receive a good Ofsted rating from inspectors.
Northern Parade Junior School in Hilsea jumped up from satisfactory to good.
Inspectors praised the teaching which has seen children make good progress in reading writing and maths.
The report also said the school provides effective support for individual pupils whose learning is identified as being slow.
Headteacher Sue Wilson said: ‘We were just really pleased for the school. We were over the moon. We have come from “notice to improve” to “satisfactory” to “good”. That was the journey the governors had set us to take.
‘That was a job well done.
‘We were really pleased that the inspectors recognised that a lot of work has gone in to ensure that teaching is at least good. They found some outstanding teaching as well.
‘The teachers have worked really hard to make sure that they picked up on all the strategies that make a good teacher.
‘They are a really determined bunch. They want to be outstanding. Without that commitment you don’t get that good and outstanding teaching.’
Mrs Wilson said that she was extremely pleased that inspectors praised the pupils at the school, saying they behave well, enjoy school and their attitudes to learning are good.
‘They were so proud of their school and so determined to show the inspectors what a good school it is,’ she said.
‘They just put their whole heart in school into everything that they do.’
Mrs Wilson added that there is work still to be done.
Inspectors say staff need to raise attainment in writing and maths.
She added: ‘We have a dedicated gifted and learning coordinator and her role is to find additional resources for those gifted and talented pupils so that they can go and do beyond what a primary school offers.’