Pupils’ progress above expectations, says report

Pupils at Alfriston School
Pupils at Alfriston School

A POSITIVE Ofsted report has been warmly welcomed by staff and pupils at Alfriston School.

The document rated the school as good in all categories including the quality of teaching, leadership and management and achievement of pupils.

The report on the school, based in North Road, found that the pupils’ progress and their achievements have been above those expected for their age for almost every year since the last inspection. The outstanding teaching in the reception class was given a special mention.

It added, ‘Pupils achieve well because the school is well led and managed. Parents and carers are very pleased with all the school does for their children’ and went on, ‘The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development very well, contributing to their consistently good behaviour.’

The chair of Governors, Andrew Lloyd, said, “This is excellent news. We are delighted with the report which confirms our own assessment of the school’s strengths and will assist the school in identifying opportunities for further enhancement and improvement. The governors would like to thank all the staff, pupils and parents for their collective contribution to the school’s success.”

Different aspects of the school were also singled out for praise in the report including the outstanding contribution of the governing body, the highly effective special needs and intervention work, the well planned curriculum, the consistently good behaviour, the focus on pupils working together and input of the school council. The school is already working the few areas for improvement identified by the inspector, including developing the consistency of the quality of teaching.

The inspector was impressed by the rigorous monitoring of teaching by the leadership and the school’s clear understanding of its strengths and weaknesses.