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We will prove Ofsted wrong, says Portsmouth headteacher

STUDYING Peter Sykes, headteacher of The Victory Primary School in Paulsgrove works with pupils, from left, Grace Pearce, six, Jack Tuckwell, seven, and Jack Piper, six. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (13213-01)

STUDYING Peter Sykes, headteacher of The Victory Primary School in Paulsgrove works with pupils, from left, Grace Pearce, six, Jack Tuckwell, seven, and Jack Piper, six. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13213-01)

 

THE headteacher of a city school has expressed his disappointment at its latest Ofsted inspection – but has vowed to turn things around.

The Victory Primary School in Paulsgrove has been placed in special measures.

It comes just months after inspectors visited the school during a routine inspection, and said the school was making satisfactory progress.

Staff and governors at the school then took advice for how to improve standards.

But in an inspection in November, Ofsted said standards at the school were inadequate.

Headteacher Peter Sykes said: ‘We were very disappointed. They wouldn’t focus on some of the things that we wanted to show them.

‘When they came in the summer they told us to put certain things in place. They said we were making satisfactory progress. It gave us the view that what we were doing was on the right track for the school.’

The report said that pupils’ achievement is not high enough, particularly at Key Stage 2 when they leave school in Year 6.

And it said teaching is inadequate because it is not securing rapid progress for all pupils.

Mr Sykes added: ‘Key Stage two results last year were disappointing – in English, not in maths. We want to do better than that.

‘We think the results that we have in our current Year 6 will be better this year.’

But inspectors did say that the pupils’ behaviour is good in lessons and around the school and that they show very positive attitudes and interest in their learning.

Inspectors said the quality of teaching must improve to raise the achievement of pupils, particularly at Key Stage 2.

Mr Skyes said: ‘We are going to be focusing on the older children within the school. We have to do better with our children in Key Stage 2, particularly in Year 6 but also across the school.

‘We have extended our capacity for leadership by having the services of a national leader in education who has come to the school to offer additional support.

‘We believe that the school is better than what was said. It’s up to us to prove it.

‘We are confident that we will come out of special measures to be seen as the school that we think we are.’

 

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