Polegate School is celebrating after its latest Ofsted report branded it ‘outstanding’ in two of the four aspects assessed.
The school received the highest grading in the Behaviour of Pupils and Leadership and Management categories but was rated as ‘good’ in Quality of Teaching and Achievement of Pupils, giving the school a ‘good’ grading overall.
The Ofsted report made much reference to the positive attitude of pupils, stating that ‘Pupils are determined to do their very best work. Handwriting is highly impressive and pupils keep their books very neat because they are proud of their work’.
It added, “Behaviour is outstanding. Around the school, pupils are polite and kind to one another, reflecting the respect adults show them. Pupils feel very safe at school. Attendance has improved rapidly and is high because pupils like being at school.”
The school, which is above average size, was particularly praised for getting students off to a flying start at school. The report stated that ‘The exceptional resources, outstanding teaching and well-established routines in the Early Years Foundation Stage mean that children quickly develop a thirst for learning’.
The inspectors were impressed with the management staff at the school, describing them as ‘inspirational’ and ‘strong’. It was also felt that they have ‘established a compelling vision for the school’.
Headteacher Claire Martin-O’Donoghue said, ‘This fantastic report recognises the immense hard work of the whole school community in providing the very best for our children. The success of our school is a real team effort, everyone plays an important part. I would like to thank everyone for their contribution to making Polegate School the remarkable school it is.
“We have a highly dedicated staff team that go above and beyond, wonderful children and a very supportive parent body. We are delighted with the outcome of this inspection particularly given the framework which is so much more demanding than previous ones. “