Wimborne Infants in Southsea is graded as good by Ofsted

LOOKING UP Wimborne Infant School headteacher Julie Cragg with pupils, from back, left to right, Caleb Jones, six, Rachel Casey, five; front, Elizabeth Wilson, five, and Max Maun, six. Picture: Sarah Standing (133554-2030)
LOOKING UP Wimborne Infant School headteacher Julie Cragg with pupils, from back, left to right, Caleb Jones, six, Rachel Casey, five; front, Elizabeth Wilson, five, and Max Maun, six. Picture: Sarah Standing (133554-2030)
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Good teaching and above-average attainment by pupils has helped a Southsea school to climb up the Ofsted ladder.

Wimborne Infant School has improved from satisfactory to good following an inspection.

The report said pupils make good progress in reading, writing and maths and that well-structured, interesting lessons that challenge pupils ensure they are fully engaged and achieve well.

Good relationships and a caring, supportive school community ensure pupils feel safe, behave well and enjoy their learning.

Wimborne headteacher Julie Cragg said: ‘We are very pleased. The staff have all been working incredibly hard.

‘We have got a lovely bunch of children at the school and it’s about the hard work the children put in which is supported by the hard work the staff put in.

‘It was lovely that they recognised the behaviour of the children and how polite and caring they were.

‘They were very impressed with the way the children behaved around the school and towards adults.

‘It was nice that they picked up that we provide a good curriculum here.

‘The staff are brilliant. They have been working very hard to ensure that their teaching is good.’

Mrs Cragg also praised Wimborne’s pupils.

‘Our attendance is very good. That’s always a positive sign,’ she said.

‘The children are always very happy. It’s lovely showing new parents around. People always pick up on the atmosphere in the school.

‘The children feel quite happy to come here and enjoy their learning. We have very supportive parents, too, which is lovely.’

To improve further and become outstanding, the school needs to raise teaching and pupil achievement.

Mrs Cragg added: ‘We want to continue working on the teaching to ensure that more is outstanding.

‘We work well within our cluster and are very supportive of each other which is a useful element to have.

‘It’s generally making sure that everything we have got in place is the best it can be with marking and assessment of the children’s work.

‘I’m very optimistic. The staff are very keen.’