Portsmouth school praised for significant improvement

Manor Infant School in Buckland has had a good Ofsted. From left, Ethan Powell, Tianna Richards, Patience Abraham  and Tilly Volz  ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150526-1)

Manor Infant School in Buckland has had a good Ofsted. From left, Ethan Powell, Tianna Richards, Patience Abraham and Tilly Volz ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150526-1)

Left to right: Derren Jones (4), nursery manager Cathy Carley (50), Poppy Wicks (2) and Wanda Steward (36). 

Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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PUPILS, staff and parents are celebrating after a school was removed from special measures.

Manor Infants in Buckland, Portsmouth, was put into special measures in 2013 after standards of teaching and pupils’ progress were considered to be low.

But after an inspection in May the school won praise for its significant improvement in most areas.

Headteacher Ashley Howard said: ‘We have achieved “good” in four out of the five areas.

‘I am also pleased that Ofsted recognised that the school has the capacity to improve.’

Ofsted inspectors stated in their report that teaching was good, an improvement on what was found in 2013.

The report stated: ‘Teachers plan activities carefully which are well matched to the different ability levels in their classes.’

The achievement was praised by Mr Howard, who has been at the school since May 2013.

He said: ‘This report is a fantastic recognition of the hard work and commitment of all the staff, support of parents and, most importantly, the progress and effort the children have made.’

The report praised the work being carried out at the school, saying: ‘Senior leaders, staff and governors are successfully promoting effective teaching and good achievement for pupils.’

After the inspection, the school was given guidance on how to achieve a ‘good’ across the board in its next inspection.

From a discussion with the school’s Young Members of Manor Parliament, it was found that pupils do not feel behaviour is always good and a minority of older children become restless and lose focus on tasks.

‘We had already begun work towards achieving this with the introduction of Building Learning Powers and we are committed and confident that Manor will continue to improve,’ said Mr Howard.

The school achieved an overall result of ‘requires improvement’ as further measures needed to be put in places to improve the behaviour and safety of pupils.

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