A PRIMARY school is ‘delighted’ with the results of an Ofsted inspection.
Southbourne Junior School was assessed as a good school, with pupils’ behaviour classed as ‘outstanding’.
“As a school we are delighted with the outcome of the inspection,” said Luke Hanna, headteacher.
“We are particularly pleased that the inspection team highlighted the pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning as outstanding.
“The positive outcome of the report couldn’t have been achieved without the hard work and support of the whole school community and we look forward to building upon this success in the future.”
The report said teaching at the school was good, and at times, outstanding learning took place.
Inspectors praised the ‘inspired leadership’ of the headteacher, who took up the post in September 2012, staff leadership and the governing body.
The report said children had ‘extremely positive attitudes to learning’ and responded ‘exceptionally well’ to the opportunity to evaluate their own learning.
It also said: “They are polite, respectful and show a high degree of resilience when working in lessons.”
“The past academic year has been filled with changes for Southbourne Junior School with the new appointment of Luke Hanna as head, but I think everyone will agree, that all the changes have all been positive,” Sue Cieszynska, chairman of governors at the school.
“As the Ofsted inspection reports, the teaching standards are excellent and the children are enjoying their learning.
“I am very proud to be chairman of governors of such a successful school and would like to congratulate all the staff for their continued hard work, to congratulate the children for achieving an outstanding in their behaviour, and thank all the parents for their support.”
The school has more than 200 pupils and the proportion of pupils from a traveller background, including Irish, Romany or gypsy heritages, is ‘well above average’.
The inspectors inspected 14 lessons and received 34 responses to an online survey from parents.
Inspectors also saw a low-attaining pupil showing ‘very good’ progress in the accurate use of vocabulary, and in the developmnt of a neat writing style.