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School is at the heart of the community

Date: 30/06/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

** Members of the media are welcome to visit the school at 10am Tuesday, 1 July for a picture opportunity. ** Oaklands Infant School is a good school and one that is constantly seeking ways to improve the quality of education, that’s the verdict from Ofsted inspectors. Ofsted visited the school in Weedswood Road, Walderslade in May. Inspectors said one of the school’s greatest strengths is its role at the heart of the community. The school goes that extra mile in supporting parents to help their children learn, through family literacy sessions and workshops. Headteacher Patricia Walters said: “I’m really pleased that the report reflects what we know to be good about the school. We work closely with parents to involve them in school life and our open door policy has made them feel included which is good for everyone. Parents seem to appreciate our efforts.” Good personal development starts in nursery and reception where children develop independence and positive attitudes to learning. The inspection noted how pupils make good progress as they move though the school and they enjoy learning because the curriculum is interesting and relevant to their everyday lives. Teachers place a strong emphasis on visual and practical activities that engage pupils in learning and good strategies for managing challenging behaviour ensure lessons are rarely interrupted. New teaching methods have also improved pupils’ spelling and handwriting. Pupils are given opportunity to take part in games at lunchtime and there is a popular and well attended after school club. Attractive displays of pupils’ artwork are on shown around the school and visits from artists, musicians and even a circus school are met with excitement and enthusiasm. To improve further the school needs to ensure pupils are given work that challenges them and extends their learning; and sharpen procedures for assessing and tracking information in order to set targets. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr Les Wicks said: “This is a good report and one the school should be very proud of. Well done to everyone at Oaklands.” Medway Council’s Director of Children and Adult Services Rose Collinson said: “Pupils feel safe and happy at this school and parents are supportive of it too. The headteacher and senior management are dedicated to the school’s continuing improvement. This makes for a great place to learn.”