Portsmouth school where learning is fun praised by Ofsted

TOP CLASS From left, Sandeep Gurang, Oliver Jones and Ben Curtis.      Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (111166-2)
TOP CLASS From left, Sandeep Gurang, Oliver Jones and Ben Curtis. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (111166-2)
Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith
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CHILDREN are ‘punching above their weight’ at Moorings Way Infants which is celebrating a ‘good’ Ofsted report.

The 75-pupil school in Milton, Portsmouth, has leapt from a previous rating of ‘satisfactory’ in 2008.

Government inspector Ted Wheatley praised above-average pupil results, excellent behaviour and attendance levels, and good teaching, following his visit last month.

Victoria Page, who has been the headteacher for four years, said: ‘When I received the report I went to my teachers and said “we’ve done it”.

‘The excellent feedback recognises the journey we’ve all been on over the past three years – a lot of hard work improving teaching and learning and raising standards and expectation.

‘Now that we’re on the right path we need to keep going towards “outstanding”.’

Miss Page – praised in the report for giving ‘excellent direction’ – said one of the school’s strongest assets was its links to other local primaries and Meon and Langstone Junior schools, for which it is a feeder school.

She said the school made the curriculum ‘exciting and packed with fun outings’.

‘Some children are better visual learners, others more practical – and all of them need to know what relevance their learning has in the real world,’ she said.

‘We have an incredibly rigorous system in place so that anyone who is falling behind is picked up within weeks and given extra help which can range from intensive lessons over a couple of weeks to tailored homework.’

The focus on good teaching, coupled with small class sizes each with dedicated full-time assistant teachers, seems to have paid off as children who enter Moorings Way with broadly average levels of attainment leave with above-average results.

Miss Page said: ‘What we are doing at this stage is instilling a love of learning, and also positive habits like mutual respect and good behaviour, that will put our children in a strong position in future years.

‘We’re finding out how they learn best and igniting that spark.’