Pupils’ behaviour gives school an Ofsted boost

Solent Junior School, Drayton Ofsted. L-R Issy Witcher 11, Tom Webber 10, Robbie Parker 10, Hana Abu-Gusseisa 9, Spencer Hovey 8, Chloe Tiller 10, Ava Griggs 9, Travis Walters 7 and head Elizabeth Cooper

Solent Junior School, Drayton Ofsted. L-R Issy Witcher 11, Tom Webber 10, Robbie Parker 10, Hana Abu-Gusseisa 9, Spencer Hovey 8, Chloe Tiller 10, Ava Griggs 9, Travis Walters 7 and head Elizabeth Cooper

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PUPILS’ outstanding behaviour has been praised by Ofsted in a recent inspection.

Solent Junior School in Drayton was inspected last month, and Ofsted graded the school as good with outstanding features.

The report said pupils’ achievement is good and their attainment is above average, especially in reading and maths. The quality of teaching is good and is improving.

Procedures for keeping pupils safe and free from harm are outstanding with excellent relationships between pupils and staff. The report also said that pupils are a credit to their school.

Headteacher Elizabeth Cooper said: ‘We were delighted. It recognises the most important thing which is the children.

‘They said the behaviour and safety was outstanding.

‘The team recognised the quality of our teaching staff and the contribution our governors make. The partnership with parents is really important to us as well.

‘We have been doing a lot of work over the past three years to raise standards generally across the school.

‘We had significant improvements in our results.’

Ms Cooper said the pupils enjoy their learning.

‘The children are just delightful,’ she said.

‘They are really enthusiastic. They are polite. In terms of models of what Solent Juniors is all about, we were keen that the inspection team spent time with the children.

‘They talked to a lot of children about what life was like at school. The children have a sense of belonging and pride in their school.’

And Ms Cooper heaped praise on the staff.

‘The staff are always looking at what else they can do. They do work incredibly hard and I am very proud of them.’

To improve further, Ofsted said the school needs to raise pupils’ progress and attainment in writing and more teaching needs to be outstanding.

‘One of the things we want to do is to involve the children through pupil voice,’ Ms Cooper added.

‘We want the children to help shape our curriculum. It’s about the children having the opportunity to help choose the themes we explore.

‘It’s an amazing school and I have had three wonderful years here.’

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