School praised by inspectors

Councillor David Tutt opening the school's 'trim trail'
Councillor David Tutt opening the school's 'trim trail'

AN EASTBOURNE junior school has been singled out for praise by Government inspectors.

Stafford Junior School in Eastbourne has been named by Ofsted in its annual report as one that has excelled in the way it has improved.

In the report from Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, the school is one of just 12 nationally that made such significant improvements that they made the move from being in special measures to being judged “good”.

The report said, “To become good or outstanding after being in an Ofsted category shows a singularity of purpose that comes from highly capable leadership.”

Cllr David Elkin, the County Council’s Lead Member for Learning and School Effectiveness, said, “We were absolutely delighted back in the summer when the school not only came out of special measures but was rated as good by Ofsted. This was a superb achievement and a tribute to everyone who has worked so hard to address the issues Ofsted raised. To have this achievement recognised and highlighted by Ofsted in its annual report makes it even more special.”

A highly respected senior advisory head teacher, Mandy Gard, assisted the school as it addressed the issues raised in the initial Ofsted report.

She continues as the school’s headteacher.

She said, “Everyone at Stafford is thrilled by this recognition by Ofsted.

“We are delighted that the school is now judged to be good and our children are benefiting from all the hard work.”