Primary school that is fun leaps to ‘good’ grade

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FUN lessons are the key to success at a primary school that is celebrating a ‘good’ Ofsted inspection.

St John’s Church of England Primary in Gosport leapt one grade from its previous inspection in 2008, when it was rated ‘satisfactory’.

Headteacher Joy Lowman said she was delighted with the report which praised improved attendance levels, good grades, a curriculum that motivates and engages pupils and good teaching.

‘I’m absolutely thrilled with the inspection,’ she said. ‘We got it as a result of a massive amount of work on behalf of the whole school team to raise standards.’

Mrs Lowman, who was referred to in the report as a ‘strong, motivating force throughout the school’, added: ‘We have an exciting and creative curriculum for our children because we want them to feel learning is fun and it goes on for life.

‘There are so many examples of how we do this. One is our termly “everybody writes day” where we put on a range of activities to inspire the children such as dressing up as pirates and exploring Southsea, going to the park for a barbecue and even visiting my home to look after the chickens.

‘Another is our university sessions every Friday when children spend an afternoon studying anything from web design to microbiology.

‘In fact, they enjoyed Spanish lessons so much we’re running a beginners course for them!’