A SCHOOL has jumped from ‘satisfactory’ to ‘good’ in its latest Ofsted report.
Inspectors praised Castle Primary School in Portchester for the improvements it has made in the three years since its last visit.
And the behaviour and attitude of the 408 pupils at the Castle Street school has been singled out for particular praise.
Ofsted described the school as ‘inclusive, caring and welcoming,’ adding: ‘Pupils enjoy their learning and demonstrate overwhelming excitement and enthusiasm for their learning.’
The early years foundation stage also won praise across the board, achieving outstanding grades in every category.
In a letter to the pupils inspector John Seal wrote: ‘We were very impressed by your good and sometimes excellent behaviour.
‘You told us that Castle Primary is a good school and we totally agree with you.’
Headteacher Justin Bartlett, who arrived at the school in September 2009, said: ‘It’s very positive and everybody is very pleased – it’s the result of a lot of hard work.
‘It’s nice to get the recognition for it.
‘We’ve specifically focused on pupil progress and introduced some very robust tools for monitoring that closely and what they show is happening in the classroom.
‘There’s an underlying ethos of rights and respect and we have received accreditation from Unicef for that.
‘Everyone has the right to come to school and learn, teachers have the right to come and teach, and everyone should respect that.
‘We aim to create a good quality teaching environment and give children breadth and balance in our curriculum.’
But the Ofsted report did mention that although most teaching is now at least good, some was still only rated as satisfactory.
Inspectors also identified creating clear targets as an area that needed to be worked on.
Mr Bartlett added: ‘In the letters I’ve sent home to the parents I’ve gone through the positives and said that there’s much there to be proud of but there are also elements there we want to develop so we can be outstanding at the next inspection.
‘Good quality teaching in a good quality environment and giving the children breadth and balance in terms of what we offer, it all contributes to what we do.’