HAILSHAM: School delight over top Ofsted report praise

Marshlands Primary School
Marshlands Primary School

A HAILSHAM school is celebrating after it was told by an Ofsted inspector it had made good progress since it was placed in special measures.

Ofsted officials published a glowing report after inspector Jacqueline White paid a visit to Marshlands Primary School on March 15.

The school, in Marshfoot Lane, was put in special measures by Ofsted in 2006 and, following significant improvements, moved out of that category in 2008.

Inspectors said that despite most children joining the school with poor language and social skills, the majority of pupils improve quickly - particularly in maths and reading.

In the latest Ofsted monitoring letter inspectors concluded that staff are ambitious for the school and pupils and that the school provides a welcoming and calm learning environment.

Headteacher Wendy Gibbins said, “Everyone connected with the school is absolutely delighted with this latest report.

“Since 2006 huge efforts have been made to address the school’s weaknesses and this latest letter from Ofsted could not be a better testimony to the hard work, dedication and total commitment of all concerned.

“We will not be complacent, however.

“We know we have done well to turn around the fortunes of the school but we also know we can do so much more.

“There is no way we will be resting on our laurels. We remain totally committed to improving still further.”

The report adds further praise for the way the curriculum continues to be developed, how pupils have a positive attitude to school and learning, and how the quality of teaching is improving.