Portsmouth school leaps out of special measures in Ofsted report

CHEERS! Deputy headteacher Mike Bowen celebrates with pupils. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122391-1497)
CHEERS! Deputy headteacher Mike Bowen celebrates with pupils. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122391-1497)
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A PRIMARY school in Portsmouth has been lifted out of special measures by Ofsted inspectors.

Staff at Paulsgrove Primary School say they are thrilled that their hard work has been recognised after it was placed in special measures in May 2010.

Inspectors said the school now provides a good education with strong leadership, and that pupils’ achievement in English and maths is improving rapidly.

Headteacher Andrew Olive said: ‘We’re all very happy that the improvement has been recognised by inspectors.

‘It’s taken a lot of hard work from everybody – staff, governors, parents and children.

‘To move from special measures to a good school in two years is particularly impressive so it does demonstrate the hard work that we have done.’

The report stated that teaching is good because teachers have high expectations of the pupils and that they match their lessons well to the range of abilities in the classes.

‘The most important thing is the quality of teaching and what goes on in the classroom,’ added Mr Olive.

‘It’s not just the teachers, it’s all the staff with the teaching assistants and the office staff too.

‘The whole team wants to make the school as good as it can be.

‘We have done a lot of work on encouraging children to read at home to encourage children’s learning.

‘Reading is so fundamental to progress in all other subjects. We spend a lot of time on literacy and reading in particular.

‘We have been spending a lot of time on maths. Our maths results have gone up considerably this year.

‘Achievement overall is satisfactory but progress is good.

‘But the attainment is still not at national standards.’

The report added that parents and carers are confident about the future of the school and they are impressed with the children’s progress in reading.

And the behaviour of pupils was reported to be good. Their positive attitude to learning is contributing to the progress they make.

But Mr Olive said that work still has to be done to improve the school.

‘Our aim is to make the school an outstanding school and to get there we have to continue to raise standards, particularly in writing,’ he said.

‘We are really pleased with the progress that has been made.

‘To move the school on to be judged as good is a real testament to the hard work of everybody. It’s a fantastic way to end the year.’