Staff and pupils celebrate an improved Ofsted report

North Lancing Primary School Ofsted - Head Emma Brown celebrates with pupils
North Lancing Primary School Ofsted - Head Emma Brown celebrates with pupils

A PRIMARY school has seen its rating improve from satisfactory to good, with signs of outstanding teaching, following the latest inspection by education watchdog Ofsted.

According to the report, the head teacher and senior leaders at North Lancing Primary School in Mill Road have made sure that teaching has improved and standards have risen steadily over the last year.

Head Emma Brown said all staff were thrilled with the outcome.

“The team have worked so hard to bring about change and improvement at the school, with fantastic results,” she said.

“Having high expectations, rigorous monitoring and strong support has had a significant impact on this.

“Our wonderful children were praised for their eagerness to learn and their consistently good behaviour.

“Our able pupils were also said to excel, thriving on the challenges set. We have worked tirelessly to get to this point and are highly motivated to build upon this success.

“North Lancing is a wonderful, happy school where pupils succeed.”

The report said maths and writing had improved particularly well and that disabled pupils and those with special needs were being well-supported.

“Pupils feel very safe at the school and are proud of their many achievements, both academically and in sport, music and art,” said inspectors, who also praised the determination of the head and her ‘strong’ team of senior leaders.

To become ‘outstanding’, the school must provide more outstanding teaching and help pupils check their own progress more.

Chairman of governors Brian Boggis said he was ‘immensely pleased’ with the result, given Ofsted’s tougher regime.

“Clearly, it’s not something that just happens and we acknowledge the immense efforts put in by the staff to achieve this goal,” said Mr Boggis.

“But we mustn’t overlook the huge contribution made by the teaching assistants and the other ancillary staff who do so much to help keep everything on course.

“Prime thanks though, have to go to the senior management team, led by head teacher Emma Brown, who sets the highest of standards.”

Inspectors visited the 414-pupil mixed school on March 12 and 13, and published their findings in a report on April 3.