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Hempstead Infants is a caring school, Ofsted says

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

Hempstead Infant School is a caring school where the emphasis is clearly on the needs of individual pupils, according to its latest Ofsted report, which rates the school overall as satisfactory. You are invited to send a photographer and/or reporter to the school, on Hempstead Road, Gillingham, at 10am on Tuesday, 17 June to meet the pupils and staff at work. There are 235 pupils aged 4 to 7 years old. The school scored an official ‘good’ for the effectiveness of its foundation stage, and for the personal development and well-being of its pupils. Children get off to a good start, the report states, because the school’s curriculum centres on developing their attitudes and skills. Teachers are also skilled at settling pupils quickly and encouraging them to do their best. Pupils were found to behave well and to be polite, courteous and friendly. One of them told inspectors: “It is a fun, exciting school”, and another said: “We get to do loads of events”. They have an important say in some of the activities they follow, the report says. School leaders and governors are described as having a realistic view of the school’s current strengths and a “developing appreciation” of where it needs to improve, such as raising teachers’ expectations of what pupils can achieve. Head teacher Kate Dadd said: “This is a fair assessment that recognises how much we value our pupils’ well-being and how much the children enjoy their time with us.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “I am very pleased that the report reflects the work being done by all staff to make Hempstead Infants a good self-improving school. "This report acknowledges the school's ability to identify where improvements can be made and to effectively address them.” Director of Children’s Services Rose Collinson added: “The Ofsted team highlighted important strengths to build on and develop at the school and rightly recognised that children here feel safe, cared for and championed by the whole staff team’