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Well-behaved children help school to keep on improving

Pupils celebrate after Grange Junior School in Gosport attained a good OFSTED report for the quality of the schools library. (left to right),  Sophie Thompson (11), Jamie Barnes (11), and Karizma Lewis (10).
Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (13402-3)

Pupils celebrate after Grange Junior School in Gosport attained a good OFSTED report for the quality of the schools library. (left to right), Sophie Thompson (11), Jamie Barnes (11), and Karizma Lewis (10). Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13402-3)

OUTSTANDING behaviour by pupils has helped a junior school in Rowner to achieve a good Ofsted inspection.

Grange Junior School was previously rated satisfactory when inspectors visited in May 2010.

But Ofsted returned to the school and said that it is now a good school with outstanding features.

Pupils were praised for their behaviour which is outstanding both in class and around the school.

The report also said that pupils make good progress in English and maths, which enables them to reach national standards of attainment by the time they leave school.

And teaching is consistently good across the school with some of it outstanding.

Headteacher David Jones said: ‘We were delighted because we have been working hard.

‘The trouble with the Ofsted framework was that there had been changes, so to go through the barrier and come out as good with outstanding features is excellent.

‘Because it’s an area of quite high social deprivation, the children come in to us below the national expectation in Year 3.

‘They all leave at or above national expectation. This is what we are particularly pleased with because the vulnerable groups make outstanding progress so that they catch up and narrow the attainment gaps.’

Mr Jones said he was pleased with the progress made with behaviour. The school works with children who have behavioural difficulties and talks them through any issues.

‘The children are part of this improvement. They are very proud of their school,’ he added.

Last year, the school was the most improved in Gosport in terms of Key Stage 2 results in reading and writing.

To become outstanding the quality of teaching needs to be improved so it is at an outstanding level in all lessons, inspectors said.

Governors also need to have a greater involvement in decisions.

‘We are focusing on the teaching,’ Mr Jones said.

‘If the teaching is good, the other things will follow.

‘We want to continue to monitor children’s progress.

‘We have different groups of children with different needs so we need to adapt so that they can continue to make progress.’

The school will carry out lesson observations and analyse data to help improve standards further.

 

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