CHILDREN and teachers at a Selsey primary school celebrated the best Ofsted report in more than ten years.
The report, which rated the school as ‘good’, praised the Seal Primary Academy for bringing about ‘rapid and sustained improvements’. The school, which became an academy in April 2012 under the Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT), was inspected in February this year.
It was graded as ‘good’ overall, but was rated ‘outstanding’ in some areas.
The report highlighted the ‘rapid progress of children’ resulting from the ‘consistently good’ teaching and the change in school leadership which Ofsted has referred to as being ‘exceptional’.
However, it fell short of an overall outstanding rating, because ‘not enough teaching is outstanding’.
Headteacher Matt Batchelor said: “We have worked extraordinarily hard since my appointment a year ago to ensure that we give the children at Seal the best deal possible.
“This has involved ensuring the curriculum is tailored carefully to the needs of the children so that they are constantly challenged to make great progress.”
He added that the staff were ‘very proud’ of the highest Ofsted judgement the school has been given in at least ten years.
The last report, in November 2011, before the school was an academy, judged it as ‘satisfactory’.
The new ‘good’ report is a step in the right direction for the school.
The most recent report highlighted improvements to the behaviour of the children, which is now ‘outstanding’ – two grades up from the ‘satisfactory’ rating it was given in 2011.
The inspector also praised the headteacher, and said the students’ ‘progress has accelerated rapidly’ since his arrival.
Mr Batchelor said the next step for the school was to head for an outstanding rating overall.
“This is a very strong school and we are now determined more than ever to reach our goal of being graded outstanding overall,” he said. “We have high aspirations for our school community and won’t give up until our children are making outstanding progress no matter what their ability.”
He said it was his mission that ‘every child will love school so much they can’t wait to come back on a Monday morning’.