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Ofsted finds Cuxton school offers outstanding care for pupils

Date: 24/04/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

Cuxton Community Infant School is a good school with outstanding features, according to its latest Ofsted report. Overall personal development and well-being of pupils is one outstanding aspect mentioned, as is their behaviour. You are invited to send a photographer and/or reporter to the school, on Bush Road, Cuxton, at 1.30 on 2 May 2008 or 9.30 on 6 May 2008 to meet the pupils and staff at work. There are 107 pupils aged four to seven years old. Inspectors found that parents greatly value the school’s welcoming ethos, and the fact that teachers know every child personally. One is quoted as saying: “My daughter is continuing to thrive under the teaching and care of staff, who are approachable and friendly”. Pupils develop very good relationships and social skills, the report states, which are enhanced by the school’s excellent links with the local community. Inspectors were particularly impressed by pupils entertaining and chatting with members of the local 50 Club, who lunch weekly at the school and found poems written by Year 2 pupils to be “of an exceptionally high standard”. The report notes recent improvements in standards, and this “upward trend” is likely to continue, it says, thanks to consistently good leadership and management. It also praises “excellent” arrangements for helping pupils with special educational needs, often involving specialist outside agencies. Head teacher Sandra Jones said: “I am delighted to see that the commitment, dedication and teamwork of all members of the school community have been reflected in this excellent report. We are continuing to drive for high standards for all our pupils, placing the school at the centre of our community.“ Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “I’m very pleased to note that the inspectors’ report shows what a good school Cuxton Community Infants is. “Clearly all the teachers and support staff are very committed to giving their pupils the very best education and are achieving excellent results. Pupils and parents play their part in response, and hold the school in high regard.” Director of Children’s Services Rose Collinson added: “My congratulations to all at Cuxton Community Infants. The inspectors are right to recognise the way in which the headteacher and her team work together to make sure children enjoy and do well in their learning and thrive and blossom academically and personally. This very positive report is well deserved.”