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Balfour children well looked after

Date: 16/06/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

Photo opportunity: Friday, 4 July from 10am to 10.30am. Children at a Chatham school are benefiting from well-managed classes and a focus on personal development, according to the latest Ofsted inspection. Balfour Junior School has maintained its status as a satisfactory school. Teachers and pupils were found to get on well and inspectors felt children were well looked after, growing in confidence during their time at the school. The widespread involvement in sport and musical performance was felt to be fundamental to this. A notable strength of the school, according to the report, is the pupils’ good personal development. They behave well and get on well together, and have plenty of opportunities to take on responsibilities such as the School Council. Ofsted has made recommendations to the school, to help it make the improvements inspectors believe it is well capable of. These include better matching of work to pupils’ capabilities, and giving all pupils a clear indication in lessons of what they are expected to learn. Deputy headteacher Brenda Wood said: “We're pleased with the report, but take on board the inspector's advice to improve differentiation of pupils' work to enable all pupils to fully access the curriculum. The school has come through these difficult times through the dedication, hard work and support of the staff." Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “The school’s character and determination has served it well this year, and this is a good result in light of the challenges faced. It represents a great team effort from the children, staff, governors and parents.” Director of Children’s Services Rose Collinson added: “I’m pleased to hear that the school has maintained its standards and credit for this must go to the whole community at Balfour. I have no doubt that the inspector’s advice will be keenly used and the school has every reason to be optimistic about its future.”