Havant school boosts Ofsted rating with new head

LOOKING GOOD Pupils spell out Front Lawn School's new Ofsted grade. Picture: Malcolm Wells (150325-5843)
LOOKING GOOD Pupils spell out Front Lawn School's new Ofsted grade. Picture: Malcolm Wells (150325-5843)
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A HEADTEACHER who took over a troubled primary school is celebrating leaping out of special measures.

Headteacher James Munt, staff and pupils at Front Lawn Primary Academy in Havant are thrilled the school has been rated ‘good’.

The Broadmore Avenue school, which has 336 pupils, had been in special measures but a team of Ofsted inspectors who visited the school last month praised its rapid improvement.

Mr Munt who took over the school four terms ago said: ‘I’m really pleased that the school has gone from special measures to good.’

Front Lawn merged its infant and junior school last year to create the academy.

‘This has helped as before we were not able to see where our children were coming from but now we can measure their progress,’ said Mr Munt.

The inspectors had high praise for behaviour, safety procedures and teaching, stating: ‘Children behave well and enjoy their learning.

‘They feel very safe in school and are confident that adults will take good care of them. Mr Munt has continued his high praise for the children and the staff at the school in its aim to improve its reputation.

Mr Munt said: ‘The children are a real credit to the school.

‘They work hard and they have been tremendous.

‘The staff have come together more to work as a team.

‘They teach the children to read and write well which can be difficult to achieve.’

Since his appointment as headteacher, Mr Munt has worked hard to get parents more involved with the teaching and is making sure the school achieves to the highest standard.

This approach was recognised by inspectors who said: ‘The exceptional leadership of the headteacher, who is very ably supported by his assistants, has ensured a strong staff team and a focus on high achievement within a caring and supportive whole school community.’

Ofsted supplied the academy with advice for it to take steps to become outstanding.

These included more opportunities for calculation work in maths and further chances for children to write across the curriculum.