School improvement confirmed by Ofsted

Pupils and staff celebrated their Ofsted success with Chinese New Year activities
Pupils and staff celebrated their Ofsted success with Chinese New Year activities

PARKLAND Junior School has been rated satisfactory in a recent Ofsted inspection.

The Brassey Avenue school in Hampden Park, which educates 244 children between the ages of seven and 11, was shown to be an improving school in the recently published report.

The report said, “The school provides a satisfactory education for its pupils.

“However, the hard work of the governing body, senior leaders and other staff shows this to be an improving school which has resulted in rising attainment over recent years.”

The inspectors said the pupils were happy to attend school and parents and carers had positive views about the school.

The report said, “The varied and interesting curriculum, the good care taken of pupils and the very good links with the parents and carers are particular strengths.”

The report went on to describe the curriculum as ‘lively, imaginative and carefully thought through’. Ofsted said gifted and talented pupils made satisfactory progress as did those with special educational needs. Inspectors added, “The staff have become more rigorous in tracking pupils progress in recent times, which is enabling teachers to be more focused in planning pupils’ next steps in learning.”

Despite being rated satisfactory school overall, Parkland Junior achieved a ‘good’ rating in some of the sections of the report.

Pupils’ behaviour, the extent to which the pupils feel safe and the extent to which they adopt healthy lifestyles were just some of the many sections of the report to be judged as ‘good’.

Inspectors said Parkland Junior needed to help the girls with their confidence in maths, help the boys achieve better grades in English and help all children to understand how well they are doing in order to increase their rate of progress.

Steve Gough, headteacher, said, “The staff, governors and I are determined to ensure that the school continues on the path of improvement acknowledged in the report.

“As a consequenc,e we will be revising our School Improvement Plan in the near future. I would like to express my thanks to all of the staff and governors for their commitment and dedication to the school and, of course, your children who never fail to impress me with their good humour and desire to learn.”

Mr Gough also thanked the parents, as the lead inspector said the very high level of response to the parents’ questionnaire showed ‘an overwhelming support for the school’.