A recent inspection of Brighstone Primary School by OFSTED has found that the establishment ‘requires improvement’.
Although the school was found to require improvement overall, the areas for development within the report have already been identified by the school through the Self-Evaluation and action is being taken to address them.
The report recognises improvements in the personal development, behaviour and welfare of the children along with Early Years provision, both achieving Good.
Didi Nicholson, Chair of Governors has said:
“Brighstone has always had a reputation for being a caring school, and it is particularly pleasing the Inspector highlighted the school’s work to promote well-being and that our pastoral care is strong; the staff know the children and their families well.”
Although other areas require improvement with a need to continue to strengthen some aspects of teaching, learning and outcomes for pupils, progress has been made to tackle weak teaching and to stop the decline in standards.
The inspection also noted several other areas of strength. These include the provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, which was found to be effective and these children are making good progress. Improvements have been made through the new approach to teaching phonics, with a positive impact on the outcomes for children in Key Stage 1.
Headteacher Teresa Fox has echoed the views of staff and governors:
“We are pleased that the report refers to the hard work that has been done. Provision and outcomes are improving. Our curriculum is broad and balanced, our pupils enjoy their learning across a range of topics and the inspector especially praised the developments in the teaching of science.”