School praised for improvement

Chyngton school ofsted report.'Robin Tollyfield, head SUS-151111-214211008
Chyngton school ofsted report.'Robin Tollyfield, head SUS-151111-214211008

A Seaford school is celebrating after being judged ‘good’ by Ofsted, a year after it was told it required improvement.

Chyngton School was branded ‘good’ in each of the assessed categories after being visited by the education watchdog in October of this year.

The report explained how the school has taken successful action to improve since the previous inspection two years ago, when it was judged as ‘requires improvement’.

Ofsted highlighted good teaching, effective support and strong school values among their key findings. They also praised the children of the school for their “polite, caring and respectful” attitudes, their “exemplary” behaviour in the playground and their “ambition and aspirations” in the classroom.

Parents’ views were also taken into account by the inspectors, who noted that parents “felt they could approach staff at any time.”

Headteacher, Mr Robin Tollyfield, said: “We are obviously delighted with the report. We’ve worked really hard to get to this point and we’re especially proud of the recognition of the children.”

Chair of Governors, Mrs Jane Branson, added: “Everyone knows how hard teachers work so it’s great to be able to celebrate with this really positive report. Now we’re going to focus on building on this to be even better in the future.”

The report stated: “Teaching is good. All groups of pupils learn well and are now making faster progress from their starting points. Teachers make sure that pupils know how to improve their work.

“Leaders check the quality of teaching and pupils’ progress and if any weaknesses are identified, effective support is given.

“The school values are promoted extremely well through the school’s mascot CASPAR, the lion. The positive ‘I can…’ attitude, which pupils respond to exceptionally well, permeates all the school does. This has a strong impact on pupils’ academic achievement and personal development.”

The inspector also identified a couple of areas in which the school can further its improvement. It said: “Build on the successful improvements that have already been made so gaps between the outcomes of different groups, particularly the most vulnerable, continue to narrow.

“Share the best practice observed in teaching and learning more widely so all staff and pupils benefit from the experience, skills and expertise within the school.”

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