Chichester school taken out of special measures

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PUPILS, staff and parents at a Chichester school are celebrating being given an early Christmas present after being removed from special measures by education bosses.

Portfield Primary School, in St James’ Road, received high praise in its latest inspection which was carried out on November 16, in which the school achieved a rating of satisfactory.

Inspector Stephen Long said the pace of change was accelerating, especially in the quality of teaching, with more good and outstanding practice.

In his report Mr Long said: “The assessment of pupils’ progress in English and mathematics is accurate, targets are challenging and known by pupils.

“Attainment is below national averages, but is rising securely and with growing momentum, so pupils are satisfactorily prepared for the future.

Mr Long said pupils had a ‘renewed pride’ in learning, and that lessons were meeting pupils’ differing needs more often.

Headteacher Richard Waddington said the team at Portfield had been doing some great work and it was ‘brilliant’ it had been noticed by the inspection team.

“It’s a huge relief for everyone involved at Portfield to be taken out of the special measures category,” he said.

“We can now focus even more on allowing our children to receive the best possible experiences.”

The report highlighted effective work with parents, carers and pupils, with attendance described as having improved sharply. Parents and carers also received good advice about their children’s progress.

Chairman of the school’s board of governors Geoff Hand said they were very happy to see the report had found so many things to praise: “It’s good to see recognition of the way the leadership team, the staff, the pupils and the parents have joined together.”