Staff at Seaford Primary School were thrilled this week after an education watchdog rated the school as good following an inspection.
Ofsted inspectors spent two days observing 25 lessons and combing through children’s work, as well as holding meetings with staff and governors.
The watchdog described the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour of pupils and leadership and management as good, although it said some areas were very close to being rated as outstanding
Ofsted rates schools on a four point scale: outstanding, good, requires improvement and inadequate.
Head teacher Jon Reynard said, “We are very pleased with the outcome of the inspection, particularly in a climate where the new inspection regime is seeing schools regularly moving from ‘good’ to ‘requiring improvement’.
“We have improved so much over the past three years that we have moved to a judgement of good in all areas.
“In fact we were delighted to be told we were close to outstanding in the areas of ‘behaviour and safety’ and ‘leadership and management’.
“We were also very pleased with judgements in the report praising the quality of teaching and the achievement of pupils. The report describes our ‘social, moral, spiritual and cultural’ educational provision as outstanding.”
Ofsted said since the previous inspection governors and senior leaders had been very successful in improving the quality of teaching and helping pupils to make faster progress.
It also said the school provided very good support and care for pupils, while most of the pupils love their school.
The watchdog also gave the school areas where it could improve even further. For example the inspector’s report said not all teachers were using computers and other technologies routinely to support learning in lessons.
The inspector said points for improvement in marking did not always help pupils to understand how to achieve their longer term targets.
The inspection was carried out from January 15-16, with the results released to the public last week.
Mr Reynard added, “One of our outstanding teachers, Mrs Helen Crees, had to leave suddenly at the end of the first day of the inspection when her baby decided to arrive earlier than expected. Both Mum and baby daughter are very well.
I would like to thank all the pupils, parents, staff and governors for making our school such a great place to work.
“They have all worked so hard and been so supportive of all the work we have done to raise standards.
“I am very proud to lead such a great school. We will be working hard to ensure the issues raised by the inspectors are addressed and we move towards being an outstanding school in the near future.”