Date: 24/04/2008 Category: Learning and Achievement
Swingate Infant and Nursery School is an outstanding school, according to its latest Ofsted inspection, which found that pupils make exceptionally good progress due to high quality teaching and a stimulating curriculum. You are invited to send a photographer and/or reporter to the school, on Sultan Road, Chatham, at 10am on Wed 7 May to meet the pupils and staff at work. There are 242 pupils aged three to seven years old. The key to the school’s success, the report states, are outstanding leadership and management. Headteacher Ann Bracknell is described as experienced and skilled, providing excellent leadership. Typical comments from parents quoted in the report include: “This school has by far exceeded expectations”, “I have always been very impressed by staff and facilities”, and “Teachers and assistants are excellent”. Teachers have established high expectations of behaviour and learning, to which pupils respond exceptionally well, inspectors found. Pupils make outstanding progress from their below-average starting points, and standards have improved over the past three years to above-average levels. The curriculum contributes exceptionally well to pupils’ academic and personal development. Very good emphasis is given to developing basic skills in language, literacy and numeracy, the report states. Pupils were found to be enthusiastic and to thoroughly enjoy the school. The report describes them as courteous, friendly and considerate of others, as well as having outstanding personal and social skills. Headteacher Ann Bracknell said: “We were so pleased to receive this highest possible Ofsted accolade that we had a school celebration on 25 April. Everyone joined in and that’s only fair, because everyone has helped to make this school officially outstanding.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “Congratulations to Swingate on this superb result. The school sets a fine example of what can be achieved and will, I’m sure, be an inspiration to others in Medway.” Director of Children’s Services Rose Collinson added: "I'm delighted that the inspectors recognised this as a superb school which children are happy and proud to attend and where they learn well and make great progress. It’s a very well-deserved outcome for the school, and a tribute to the headteacher's excellent leadership and the brilliant teamwork in the school that supports achievement and ambition for pupils."