A TARGET card reward scheme has been praised by inspectors who gave a Portsmouth school an ‘outstanding’ grade.
College Park Infants headteacher Debra Anderson said she was thrilled that the school received the best possible mark following an Ofsted inspection.
The report marked 25 out of 28 categories outstanding and reserved the highest praise for excellent teaching, care and guidance, pupil attainment and leadership.
One of the innovative approaches highlighted was the literacy target-card scheme, in which children collect a set of cartoon-illustrated cards for completing challenges written on them, which range from the use of capital letters to similes and adjectives.
Mrs Anderson said: ‘We are all thrilled with the result. Everyone here works so hard and our staff always go the extra mile to give the children the best they possibly can.
‘The whole ethos of our school is about high expectations and our message to the children is they can be whatever they want to be.
‘We make learning fun and challenging because we want to give children memorable experiences to cherish for a long time.’
This is the North End school’s first outstanding Ofsted, and builds on a record of gradual improvement from satisfactory in 2004 to good in 2008.
Mrs Anderson, who joined as head eight years ago, said the key to its success was everyone from teachers to catering staff putting the children’s interests at the heart of their work.
Giving an example of the lengths teachers went to in order to make lessons ‘memorable’, she described an airport mock-up to bring the year one topic of different environments to life.
She said: ‘Pupils were learning about beachy, desert, rainforest and polar environments.
‘So the teachers put on a day in the main hall which they made up to look like an airport, and the children came in wearing clothes suited to those climates, with luggage in hand and carrying passports.
‘The attention to detail was incredible.’
‘It was a lot of effort to go to, but my staff thought nothing of it because they are brilliant.’