Ofsted finds East Wittering school has improved

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The Ofsted notice for East Wittering Community Primary School to improve has been lifted after it achieved satisfactory grades in its latest inspection.

Staff and governors were over the moon with the result, one year after the school was told it needed to improve by inspectors.

The school at Stocks Lane was inspected on March 2 and 3 by inspectors including Her Majesty’s chief inspector.

In the majority of categories it was marked on, the school achieved a grade three from inspectors, which is satisfactory.

Headteacher Sue Parker said: “Our school has come a long way in a short space of time and this report reveals how hard everyone has worked.

“We are delighted the inspectors recognise our progress and we are determined to continue our drive in securing the very best for all of our children.”

There are currently 202 pupils on roll at the school. It was given a notice to improve after its inspection on January 26, 2010, because of low attainment in writing and mathematics and a lack of rigour in the school’s planning for improvement.

This year 17 classes were observed. The school received satisfactory grades for overall effectiveness and capacity for sustained improvement.

In the report the school received good grades because of pupils adopting a healthy lifestyle, contributing to the wider community and behaving well.

In the report the inspector said: “The school provides a satisfactory education for its pupils. This includes the effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

“Since the last inspection, there has been a satisfactory increase in the proportion of pupils whose attainment in English and mathematics is in line with the standards expected nationally in all year groups. In Year 6, pupils’ attainment is broadly average.”

The school has achieved several awards, including Activemark, Healthy Schools, International School and Eco-Schools Silver.