Portsmouth school praised by Ofsted

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GOOD teaching and strong leadership has helped a school to receive praise from Ofsted.

St George’s Beneficial Church of England Primary School in Portsea was graded good in all areas in an inspection – the same as in 2010.

Inspectors said pupils’ attainment is average in reading, writing and maths by the end of Year 6 and they make good progress given that their starting points are below national expectations.

Good teaching over time enables pupils across the school to achieve well.

And the report said that the headteacher provides strong, dedicated leadership and is ably supported by other leaders in the school.

Headteacher at St George’s Beneficial Sandra Gibb said: ‘The last two inspections have been gruelling but very worthwhile experiences because both times they agreed with what we were saying.

‘We have a lot of challenges here but we are a good school.

‘It’s all about the children having a good education.

‘We were pleased that they recognised that.’

St George’s Beneficial has an above average number of children with disabilities and special educational needs.

Mrs Gibb said inspectors recognised the progress that children make.

‘They got a good picture of the long-term teaching,’ she said.

‘We could show progress across the school to a very good standard.

‘They recognised progress from all the different year groups as well.

‘The teachers have got high expectations and good subject knowledge.

‘The children have got a good attitude. We want the children to achieve and to always enjoy their time at school.

‘The staff work extremely hard. They are very passionate about what they do.

‘We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t want to support and work with these children. They work very hard.’

To become outstanding, inspectors said St George’s needs to raise teaching and pupils’ achievement to outstanding levels.

Mrs Gibb added: ‘That’s what we want to do – get to outstanding.

‘The goal is to raise the attainment through outstanding teaching. We are definitely going to be working on that.’