Date: 04/06/2008 Category: Learning and Achievement
Happy and enthusiastic pupils make good progress at St Nicholas CE Infant School, says Ofsted, which has awarded the school an official ‘good’ rating in its latest report. You are invited to send a photographer and/or reporter to the school, on London Road, Strood, at 10am on Tuesday 10 June to meet the pupils and staff at work. There are 109 pupils aged 4 to 7 years old. The report goes on to say that pastoral and physical care are “excellent”, and praises “outstanding” aspects such as the way pupils are encouraged to enjoy learning and “really relate to their classmates”. Endorsements from parents include: “In the several years my children have been here, I have been extremely happy with the care, support and education they have received”. Another describes it as “like a village school in an urban setting”. Teaching highlights are the promotion of very good relationships between pupils, the practical nature of activities set for them, and good planning to ensure that lessons are fun and interesting. Standards are above average at the end of Year 2, the inspectors note. The report goes on to say that the school is well-led and managed, and that the senior leadership team and governors are “clearly focused” on improving areas that their “rigorous self-evaluation” identifies. Head teacher Anne-Marie Hutton said: “I am delighted to see that the commitment, dedication and teamwork of all members of the school community have been reflected in this good report. We are continuing to drive for high standards for all our pupils, placing the school at the centre of our community.“ Director of Children’s Services Rose Collinson added: "I'm delighted that Ofsted recognises the good leadership and teamwork at St Nicholas school, which enables children to have a great start, progress well and be very confident about a bright future." Further praise for the school came in the result of its statutory inspection by the Rochester Diocese, which found it to be an “outstanding Church school, with the capacity to improve even further”. It goes on to say: “St Nicholas is a very caring Christian school where everyone is valued and individual needs are met”.