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Remarkable improvements in reading and writing, an increased pace of school development and a talented school team – these are the findings of Ofsted following a recent visit to Queensgate Foundation Primary School in East Cowes.

The school has retained its ‘Good’ rating for the third time in a row.

Ofsted recognised that Queensgate Foundation Primary gives pupils the chance to get ‘out and about’, with a wide range of trips and activities. It also offers forest school activities in a woodland area on its school field known as The Patch. Ofsted called that inspiring.

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Inspectors also noted that ‘caring relationships with the adults in the school support pupils throughout the day. Pupils [say] their teachers expect them to work hard. Their workbooks show that they are currently striving to achieve high standards’.

The school was praised for taking effective steps to improve writing and Ofsted said enthusiastically-delivered new reading and writing teaching strategies had delivered some ‘remarkable improvements’.

School leaders are delighted, but stress they are not complacent. They are looking forward to creating challenging activities for pupils and improving results across the school when the new academic year starts in September.

Sam Sillito, Queensgate Foundation Primary’s Headteacher, says:

“I’m delighted that Ofsted has found us to be a ‘good’ school for a third inspection in a row.

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“As a school, we have plenty to celebrate! We have a robust team, driven to inspire and support Queensgate Foundation Primary pupils to achieve their best. We are already working on Ofsted’s “next steps”. And we are really looking forward to moving into our brand new building early in 2020.

“A huge thank you to all our parents, carers, pupils and teaching staff for your support. We can’t wait for the new term!”


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