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St Margaret’s Infant School provides children with “a really special experience”.

Date: 03/07/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

Children at St Margaret’s Infant School in Rainham behave well in lessons and seldom waste time according to the latest Ofsted report which judged the school to be “good”. The inspection of the school in June found that children have a really good start in Nursery. They make outstanding progress because of a creative and well-planned curriculum and effective teaching. The report stated that the headteacher has a clear vision for improvement and provides strong, effective leadership. In turn, teachers motivate pupils effectively, leading to their good achievement. One parent said: “My daughter even wants to come to school during the holidays!” The school in Orchard Street, Rainham has 310 pupils aged three to seven years on roll. A small number are learning English as a second language and inspectors found that they achieve well, particularly where they have the support of a teacher familiar with their home language. Learning is extended in a number of ways. Across the school, pupils acquire useful skills in information and communication technology (ICT). A broad curriculum provides a variety of absorbing experiences. Pupils respond positively to the themed weeks and their horizons are broadened through extra-curricular opportunities. They make particularly good use of the outdoor area, understand how to stay healthy, enjoy physical activities and looking after the chickens. Pastoral care is also good and the school sustains a close relationship with parents. Staff know individual pupils well and the readiness of staff to go the extra mile ensures that the pupils’ welfare needs are well met. Since the last inspection, a more effective system of checking on pupils’ progress has ensured that staff are strongly focused on improving learning. The inspector concluded by saying that the “good” school could improve further by providing pupils with opportunities to write in every subject so their skills improve more quickly. Headteacher Nicola Harman said: ”I am delighted that Ofsted recognised the achievements of the school, especially the strength of our relationship with parents and the successful enrichment of the curriculum.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Les Wicks said: “I am really pleased that the inspector that St Margaret’s Nursery offers our children such a good start in life. Staff and pupils should feel proud of their achievements.” Director of Children’s Services Rose Collinson added: ”I'm delighted that children at St Margaret's Infants feel safe, happy and healthy, are learning and achieving well and have a bright future.'’