Celebrations as Medina Primary is praised by Ofsted

Medina Primary has gone from requires improvement to good across the board in its latest Ofsted inspection.'' Headteacher Howard Payne with pupils, from left, Frankie Clarke, Brianna Miller, Elsie Drackett, Paolo Bamba, Elise Storey, Lenny Pearce and Ellie Wilcox
Medina Primary has gone from requires improvement to good across the board in its latest Ofsted inspection.'' Headteacher Howard Payne with pupils, from left, Frankie Clarke, Brianna Miller, Elsie Drackett, Paolo Bamba, Elise Storey, Lenny Pearce and Ellie Wilcox

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  • School goes from requires improvement to good
  • Quality of teaching has improved, inspectors said
  • Children’s behaviour also praised
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hard work has paid off for staff and pupils as Ofsted praised a school for its improvements.

Medina Primary in Cosham was graded good across the board – up from requires improvement in its previous inspection.

It was well deserved. It was a testament to the team

Howard Payne, headteacher

Inspectors said the headteacher and his acting deputy head lead the school well and have overseen significant improvements over the last year. Teaching is good with interesting and challenging lessons. Behaviour in classes and around the school is nearly always good and sometimes exemplary.

Early years provision was praised and inspectors said children’s attainment by the end of reception year is already very close to the national average.

And all groups of pupils achieve well, including the most able, disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs or are disadvantaged.

Headteacher Howard Payne said: ‘It was well deserved – a testament to the team.

‘We are such a small school. Every member of staff has worked tirelessly, particularly in the last 12 months.

‘I was very pleased that the teaching was overall good. I was pleased that the leadership came out really well at all levels.

‘I was thrilled about the attitudes to learning and the behaviour.

‘The Ofsted inspectors really felt there was an element from Reception through to Year 6 of children becoming more resilient learners.’

Mr Payne said pupils enjoy their time there.

‘The kids enjoy coming in to do their learning which is great.

‘There is a positive attitude within the school.’

Now, staff at the school will be focusing on the next stage of their journey.

Inspectors said to help the school become outstanding, further improvements are needed to make progress in writing and maths.

This includes planning a wider range of activities that require pupils to use and apply skills learned in literacy and numeracy lessons in other subjects.

Mr Payne added: ‘Ofsted identified that we had embraced the new curriculum. Our next stage is to further develop other areas of the curriculum to make sure that we move upwards.

‘It’s making sure that the basic skills are being transferred to the other subjects.’