Chichester school celebrates an ‘outstanding’ inspection

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A HEAD teacher has described her pride at a Chichester school’s ‘wonderful children’ after an outstanding Ofsted report.

Jessie Younghusband held a special assembly on Monday (October 14) following the publication of the report .

“It is my pleasure to work with our wonderful children and I am delighted to read the many lovely comments made by the inspection team about them,” said Sue Patrick.

Inspectors who visited the school in July ranked it as outstanding in every field.

“Pupils are extremely keen to learn in lessons,” said the report, written by inspectors Robin Gaff and Vicky Turner.

“They are eager to answer teachers’ questions and to volunteer and discuss their own ideas with others, and take part very enthusiastically in classroom discussions.”

The report follows previous outstanding inspections in July, 2010, and a History subject inspection in September, 2011.

“The school is a happy and harmonious community, where diversity is appreciated and valued,” said the report. “It promotes equality of opportunity extremely well.”

The report also praised the behaviour of the students.

“Pupils behave exceptionally well in lessons and around the school,” it said.

“They thoroughly enjoy coming to school, feel completely safe and have no concerns about bullying.”

The report added that parents and carers expressed ‘very positive views’ about the school and their children’s experiences there.

Mrs Patrick added she was very pleased the children were described as ‘courteous and helpful to visitors’.

“I believe this is because of our strong ethos of respect and high expectations and because of the talented and highly-skilled team of teachers and support staff.

“I am grateful for the excellent collaboration we have with all our parents, and this strong partnership was also recognised in the report.”

She was also grateful to the governors for all their work for the school.

Martin Tomlinson, chairman of the governors, said, “The governing body of Jessie Younghusband School are immensely proud of the school’s achievement.”