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Onwards and upwards for Skinner Street Primary

Date: 17/06/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

Photo invite – members of the media are welcome to visit the school on Tuesday, 24 June at 10am to take pictures. Efforts to improve Skinner Street Primary School in Gillingham have been recognised by Ofsted inspectors despite the school being given a notice to improve. Headteacher Julia Tucker said: “The Ofsted inspectors agreed with our own analysis of our strengths and weaknesses. They’ve agreed that we’re an improving school and the reason we’ve been given a notice to improve is because we need to increase the pace of change. “We have made changes during this academic year which have reversed a trend of declining standards and I’m pleased that Ofsted recognised this." Inspectors commented on satisfactory teaching and a sound curriculum. The report also noted that the headteacher, staff and management team have a clear direction for the future. Parents and pupils’ positive attitudes towards the school impressed Ofsted. The report noted that parents value the school’s supportive ethos. Parents’ comments included ‘staff care about the education and welfare of all children’ and ‘teachers are approachable and committed’. The report said the Foundation Stage provides a good start to children’s school life. Good interpersonal skills and pupils’ positive outlook together with their improving levels of basic literacy, numeracy and computer skills give them a solid foundation for education and later life. To further improve the school must match work to pupils’ abilities in order to challenge them and raise standards; develop a consistent working practice across the school and develop marking and targets to help pupils understand what they need to do to better their work. Inspectors want to see these changes made quickly so the school can start to build on these improvements ready for its next inspection in 12 months time. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr Les Wicks said: “I have every confidence that the headteacher and her staff can build on the Ofsted inspectors comments and recommendations. Everyone involved with the school has positive things to say about it and that goes a long way towards improvement.” Medway Council’s Director of Children’s Services Rose Collinson said: “I am confident that the headteacher and staff at Skinner Street will have the focus and the determination to continue improving standards at the school. My team fully support them in this vital work.” Skinner Street Primary School in Skinner Street, Gillingham is a mixed school for pupils aged four to 11.