School celebrates Ofsted success

Pupils celebrate the Ofsted report with headteacher Jan Gough
Pupils celebrate the Ofsted report with headteacher Jan Gough

PUPILS, staff, parents and governors at a St Leonards primary school are celebrating after inspectors gave them a glowing report.

A recent Ofsted report of Churchwood Primary School rated it as “good”, marking the continuing improvement there since it came out of special measures in 2003.

It was rated “good” or “outstanding” in 27 of the 31 categories assessed by the inspectors who were impressed with the way the school is run, with the nursery and reception classes and the links to the local community singled out for special praise. The report said: “This is a good school where pupils achieve well. Under the excellent leadership of the headteacher, staff show a determined effort to ensure all pupils do as well as they can within a warm, supportive and stimulating environment.

“Pupils really enjoy school. They are attentive, cooperative, interested and keen to do well.”

Inspectors found that bullying is rare and despite concerns from some parents, discipline was found to be good.

The report did say though that more could be done to help develop pupils in years one and two, and the children could learn more about different communities.

Headteacher Jan Gough said she was “delighted” and year six pupil Sophie Hayes added: “I am really proud and am very happy that the inspectors recognised how good Churchwood School is.”