Peacehaven Community School graded good by Ofsted

PEACEHAVEN Community School was labelled as a good school with outstanding features following a crunch Ofsted inspection.

The education watchdog visited the school in Greenwich Way during February and said it was serving pupils well.

Inspector Patricia Metham found the enthusiasm and energy with which the head teacher, staff and students fostered a buoyant sense of community were striking features of the school.

Head teacher Helen Cryer said: “This is a clear endorsement of the school by Ofsted. Thank you to students, parents, staff, governors and volunteers for your support, not only during the inspection but on an on-going basis at this excellent school.”

Ofsted wrote to students telling them that the confidence and enthusiasm of their teachers came from knowing a great deal about their subjects.

The letter said: “We appreciated the way you are treated as individuals and the respect and consideration you show each other.”

In total there were five areas rated as outstanding.

These were the effectiveness of care, support and guidance, pupils’ contribution to the school and wider community, equality of opportunity, community cohesion and the effectiveness of partnerships in promoting learning and well being.

The report said students were valued as individuals whatever their abilities and interests in a school where most teaching was good and some was outstanding.

Ofsted grades schools on a four point scale where outstanding is the best, followed by good, satisfactory and poor.

The watchdog also gave the school ways in which it could improve further, for example by boosting attendance and developing the breadth and challenge of the curriculum.