STAFF and pupils at Stedham Primary School are celebrating after moving up a grade in their latest Ofsted inspection.
An inspector visited the school at the end of April.
Judged as ‘Requires Improvement’ (previously called Satisfactory) in October 2012, it is now rated as a Good school in all areas assessed, including achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour of pupils and leadership and management.
Headteacher Sally Dreckmann praised staff for attaining the result.
“To achieve a Good judgement under the current Ofsted framework is an achievement for any school, but for us to have turned things around in only 18 months is fantastic,” she said.
“This is down to the hard work, commitment and determination of every member of staff, the children and our governing body.
“As a small school we are constantly plagued by rumours of closure, but we hope this inspection will put us back on the map and show that we are here to stay.”
The Ofsted report said the headteacher and senior leaders had ‘brought about significant improvements’, including the quality of teaching which has impacted on standards, demonstrating a secure capacity for further improvement.
The report, written by lead inspector Gianni Bianchi, said: “Pupils achieve well and the school is rightly proud of the changes since the previous inspection that have led to improvements in teaching and achievement. End-of-year assessments show pupils consistently attain levels above those expected for their age.
“This was confirmed in the 2013 national tests where pupils made good progress in mathematics and excellent progress in reading and writing.”
The report adds the school is not yet Outstanding because progress made in maths is not as fast as it is in reading and writing.
Other areas for improvement were to allow pupils more opportunities to respond to advice given in teachers’ marking and to raise the level of challenge in all subjects to match that found in reading and writing.