Delight for primary school after Ofsted rating improves

Pevensey and Westham Primary School has been rated 'good' by Ofsted
Pevensey and Westham Primary School has been rated 'good' by Ofsted

A headteacher and his team were “delighted” after their school’s Ofsted rating was given a boost.

Pevensey and Westham Primary was rated ‘good’ by inspector Lesley Corbett and her team, having previously been told to improve.

The news was welcomed by headteacher Richard Thomas, who said: “We are delighted that Ofsted have confirmed our view that Pevensey and Westham CEP School is a ‘good’ school with a large number of strengths.”

In her report, Ms Corbett praised the progress made at the school since the previous inspection in 2015. She said: “Strong leadership and teamwork from the headteacher, governors and senior staff is bringing about rapid improvement.”

The curriculum was described as “rich and inspiring” while newly qualified teachers were seen to be “nurtured, supported and appropriately trained”.

Ms Corbett said the behaviour of the pupils was ‘good’ – a point echoed by the youngsters themselves, who told her things had “really improved” over the past few years.

In the classrooms, the children were seen to be keen to do well. Teaching was described as “effective”, with teachers expecting pupils to learn in every lesson, and using “innovative ways” to check their understanding of the work.

When it came to the progress of the pupils, Ms Corbett said they were showing improvement, particularly in Year 6.

Mr Thomas said: “To receive such a positive report, in a relatively short space of time, is testament to the hard work of everyone involved in the school.”

He added: “We continue to commit to giving the children of Pevensey and Westham a high quality education, underpinned by our strong Christian values, that prepares them for secondary school and future life. We are fiercely proud of the exciting learning opportunities that we offer our pupils which inspire them to be ‘more amazing, every day'."

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