School delighted with Oftsed report

Thumbs up from pupils and staff at Pevensey and Westham School
Thumbs up from pupils and staff at Pevensey and Westham School

STAFF and pupils at Pevensey and Westham School are celebrating after being rated good in an Ofsted inspection.

Inspectors visited the primary school in Westham High Street at the end of June and the report has just been published.

The previous inspection found the pupils’ attainment in maths and writing was judged below average but inspectors said better use of assessment information and improved day-to-day teaching had resulted in a steady rise in attainment in mathematics bringing it in line with the national average.

The Ofsted report said, “Pevensey and Westham has made significant improvement in key aspects of provision and outcomes since the previous inspection, particularly in the last year, and is now providing a good standard of education for its pupils.

“Pupils are happy and behave well, and teachers and support staff work as a cohesive team to provide a good level of care, guidance and support. Pupils get on well, are enthusiastic about their learning and keen to do well.”

Inspectors said they felt the school’s improvement since the last inspection showed the school has ‘good capacity for sustained improvement’.

The report also said, “Relationships with parents and carers are mainly positive, though a small minority of parents and carers expressed the view in their responses to the Ofsted questionnaire that school leaders were not approachable enough.”

Pevensey and Westham School has been asked to make some improvements. The teachers have been asked to use group work in lessons and school leaders must make parents and carers feel welcome in school and provide them with more information about how they can help at home.

Janice Gott, headteacher, said, “We are very proud of our achievements. Everyone at school has worked extremely hard to achieve these great results which we intend to build on further in the future.”