Head is delighted by better Ofsted report

S03291H14 Buckingham Park Headteacher Louise Swann and deputy head Karyn Astle with year-six pupils
S03291H14 Buckingham Park Headteacher Louise Swann and deputy head Karyn Astle with year-six pupils

A SHOREHAM school got a boost this month when Ofsted upped its rating from ‘satisfactory’ to ‘good’ following the latest inspection.

Buckingham Park Primary School in Buckingham Road, Shoreham, saw improvements in teaching quality, pupils’ achievement and leadership and management, compared with last year.

Head teacher Louise Swann said the report reflected the high standards achieved by pupils.

“I’m pleased and proud that the achievements of the staff and pupils have been recognised by Ofsted,” said Mrs Swann.

“Because of the very good teaching, achievement is good across the school and by the time the children leave in year-six, they do exceptionally well.

“The children enjoy a stimulating, well-organised learning environment and build on a very secure start in the early years foundation stage.

“We work very hard to establish positive and supportive relationships with our parents and families, and our children love coming to school.”

In a summary of Ofsted’s findings, the report highlighted the achievements of year-six pupils who ‘did exceptionally well’ in national reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar tests.

The school’s ‘carefully planned’ curriculum was praised and the learning environment was described as ‘stimulating and well-organised.’

The inspector wrote: “Determined, effective leadership by the head teacher, deputy head teacher, senior staff ad governors has ensured that the school has continued to improve well since its previous inspection and now provides a good education for its pupils.”

The report also outlined why the school had not yet reached the level of ‘outstanding’, the highest rating achievable.

It said teachers sometimes talked too much during class introductions, slowing learning, and did not always question pupils in a way that challenged them.

It also said subject leaders were not doing enough to check up on teaching and pupils’ progress, for the school to get top marks.

Last year, Buckingham Park was tasked with improving support for disabled pupils and those with special educational needs. This year the support was rated ‘very good’.