A continued rise in standards has seen an infant school maintain its ‘good’ Ofsted rating.
West Rise Community Infant School, in Langney, underwent a two-day inspection in July and the results were published on Tuesday (September 8).
Inspectors George Logan and Jackie Edwards watched 15 lessons, scrutinised pupils’ work and read letters and questionnaires from staff and parents before filing their report.
It stated, “Good achievement has been sustained since the last inspection. Pupils across the school make consistently good progress, particularly in writing and mathematics.
“Leaders have successfully improved the quality of education. The monitoring and improvement of teaching have had a positive impact.”
The behaviour of the pupils was described as ‘outstanding’ and their attitude to learning ‘excellent’, both of which the inspectors said contributed to the rapid progress they had made and the high quality work they produced.
Only three points were raised which the school would need to address if it wished to achieve the top ‘outstanding’ rating.
The first was to ensure the progress made by children in the nursery was as rapid as those in the reception classes.
The second was to help raise reading standards by ensuring pupils could interpret and understand the text.
Finally, the report called for a review of subject leadership to ensure there was strength and experience at all levels.
It added, “Subject leaders are relatively new in post, so that their impact is not yet fully evident.
“The leadership of the early years provision is not as strong as in other parts of the school.”
West Rise is currently undergoing expansion to meet the local demand for places.
Once complete, the school will have three classes each in Reception, Year One and Year Two.”
The full report can be found on the Ofsted website.
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