Good grade for popular Hilsea primary school

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ATTENDANCE is high and attainment is above average at a primary school in Hilsea that has just been awarded a good Ofsted grade.

Gatcombe Park Primary is celebrating an inspection report which praises good teaching, a solid curriculum designed to motivate boys and good progress made by all pupils from a range of backgrounds.

An impressive 80 per cent of all school leavers in 2011 achieved the expected level four standard in both maths and English Key Stage Two exams, also known as Sats.

This compared with a national average pass rate of 74 per cent and just 70 per cent in Portsmouth.

The school also excelled when it came to progress pupils made between the ages of eight and 11 years of age – with 87 per cent of youngsters making at least two levels of progress in maths compared with the national average of 83 per cent.

The report read: ‘Pupils achieve well and show an enjoyment for learning.

‘All pupils, including those known to be eligible for free school meals, make good progress.

‘There are examples of outstanding teaching.

‘The good curriculum provides well for pupils’ needs and abilities in literacy and numeracy and enables them to make good progress.’