‘Onwards and upwards’ for Titchfield Primary

GOOD PROGRESS  Titchfield Primary headteacher Mike Bainbridge with some of the pupils. Picture: Paul Jacobs (132589-1)
GOOD PROGRESS Titchfield Primary headteacher Mike Bainbridge with some of the pupils. Picture: Paul Jacobs (132589-1)
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ABOVE-AVERAGE attainment levels for Year 6 pupils has seen a Fareham primary school receive a good Ofsted report across the board.

Titchfield Primary School was deemed good in all categories. Inspectors said that the progress pupils make is good, regardless of their starting points.

Improvements in the teaching in Reception are ensuring children are making good progress and are better prepared for Year 1.

And inspectors praised the leadership at the school, saying it is well led by a committed headteacher who is well supported by a strong team. Pupils behave well and feel safe in school.

Headteacher Mike Bainbridge said it was a good result, particularly in the light of Ofsted’s new tighter inspection regime.

‘To be good in the current climate with the new framework is pretty good,’ he said. ‘It’s much harder to be good.

‘The comment that stuck in my mind is that every child, regardless of their starting point makes good progress.

‘That shows what a good inclusive school we are. The results year upon year are above the national average.

‘That doesn’t happen by chance – it’s because we work hard for the seven years they are with us at the school.’

And Mr Bainbridge added that children are well supported in school.

‘For those children who are going through a difficult time in their life we have got a team here who are looking to make sure the children have the best possible start to the day.’

To become outstanding, the school needs to ensure that pupils consistently receive written feedback across subjects.

And they need to provide pupils with more opportunities to apply their skills in maths to real-world practical activities.

Mr Bainbridge added that a lot of the recommendations inspectors gave to the school are already being worked on through the school’s improvement plan.

‘We are going to continue to make the quality of teaching the best it can be,’ he said.

‘And we want to give the children the very best feedback about their work. It’s confirmed where we thought we were and given us a lift to say: “We are on track”. It’s onwards and upwards now.’