CHILDREN and teachers at The Haven School are celebrating a successful church inspection.
The primary school in Atlantic Drive, which educates 244 youngsters, was rated outstanding in its latest statutory inspection of Anglican schools which was carried out by inspectors from the Diocese of Chichester.
The inspectors judged the school on its distinctiveness and effectiveness as a Church of England school.
The church inspector recognised the school’s ‘outstanding care and very strong Christian ethos, that is at the heart of school life, permeating all areas of teaching and learning’.
The Haven also had an Ofsted inspection at the end of last year and was rated good overall but given outstanding in some areas of the report.
Wendy Bray, headteacher, said the success in both reports was down to the staff, governors and pupils at the school.
She said, “It is a fantastic achievement and one which reflects the journey that the school has been on over the last few years.
“The positive recognition we have received from the Church and Ofsted inspections is a great source of encouragement to us all as we look to the possibility of expanding to two-form entry and taking the school forward on its journey to achieving our aspiration of being an outstanding school.
“The staff team have worked extremely hard since the last inspections to drive up standards and improve the quality of provision.
“Thus the comments made in the Ofsted inspection about our ‘innovative approach’, ‘very effective teaching assistants’ and our ‘keen and enthusiastic team of teachers’ is an accolade to the determination and drive of the staff team.”