A PORTSMOUTH school is celebrating after becoming the latest to come out of special measures.
Wimborne Junior School, in Wimborne Road, Southsea, has now been given a satisfactory rating by Ofsted.
That leaves only three schools in the city – Meredith Infant, Manor Infants and Cliffdale Primary – in special measures.
Three others – Victory Primary, City of Portsmouth Girls and Somers Park Primary – were put in special measures in their last Ofsteds but have since become academies, which wipes the slate clean.
Wimborne Juniors was in special measures after being deemed inadequate by the schools inspection body.
But its latest report said the behaviour and safety of the students is good as is the leadership and management.
But it said it needs to improve on the quality of teaching and achievement of pupils.
Headteacher Carina Jacobs said: ‘We’re pleased that after 18 months we’re out of special measures and that our children are now making the progress that they should be making, that leadership and management has been judged as good which will enable us to become a good and outstanding school very soon.
‘Future plans are to ensure all pupils are making good progress in all three subjects – reading, writing and maths and to maintain this year’s excellent SATs results.’
Councillor Rob Wood, cabinet member for Children and Education, said that Ofsted inspections are getting harder, which explains the number of schools in special measures.
He said: ‘Ofsted is now very hard because no longer are you satisfactory, you are either improving or good or outstanding. But many are turning themselves around and trying very hard to get to the higher grades of Ofsted.
‘We have been working hard with them and we will with those that have become an academy.
‘Although they might not be affiliated with us, as a local authority, we will always care for the children and commit ourselves to their education.’
SCHOOLS ARE TURNING THEMSELVES AROUND
THREE schools in Portsmouth have become academies to help turn themselves around but there is still work to do.
Victory Primary School has been joined by City of Portsmouth Girls’ School, on Fratton Road, Somers Park Primary School in Somers Road, in becoming academies after being put in special measures.
All three will undergo an Ofsted inspection within the next two terms after their old rating was wiped clean by becoming an academy.
But, Meredith Infant School, on Portchester Road, Cliffdale Primary School, on Battenburg Avenue, and Manor Infant School, on Inverness Road, are all still in special measures.