Praise for Fernhurst Primary School’s headteacher

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New headteacher Gary Parkes has been praised by Ofsted inspectors for bringing in improvements after problems encountered at Fernhurst Primary School.

After their inspection they gave the school a ‘satisfactory’ grading and reported: “After a period of turbulence with high levels of staff absence in the past year, it is improving.

“This is mainly due to the positive impact of the headteacher and support from the local authority since January of this year.”

The inspectors said: “Staff, parents, carers and the local authority comment on the effectiveness of the headteacher’s leadership and appreciate improvements in pupils’ behaviour and the quality of teaching.”

Almost all parents and carers considered their children enjoyed school and appreciated the good levels of care shown to their children, said inspectors.

They found attainment and progress across the school was variable and any differences in the performance of individuals or groups tended to reflect the widely-different needs of pupils in the small year groups as well as some variations in the quality of provision.

But inspectors commented: “Pupils are making satisfactory progress from their starting points. Current attainment is broadly average, though pupils are on track to make better progress in reading than in writing and mathematics, especially at higher levels.”

Full story in the Midhurst and Petworth Observer, December 22