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Head makes St Peter’s Infants good, Ofsted says

Date: 07/01/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

Excellent leadership from the head teacher has ensured that St Peter’s Infant School is officially a ‘good’ school, according to its latest Ofsted report. The school is rated ‘good’ in every category, from Achievement and Standards to Care, Guidance and Support. You are invited to send a photographer and/or reporter to the school, on Holcombe Road, Rochester, at 1.30pm on Thursday 24 January to meet the pupils and staff at work. There are 83 pupils aged four to seven years old. The report also notes the school’s “outstanding pastoral care” and “excellent social and moral development” of pupils. They thoroughly enjoy school, and one parent told inspectors: “My child can’t wait for each school day”. Not only does the school ensure that pupils make good progress in their personal development, inspectors state, but uses a very good and sophisticated tracking system to reveal exactly what progress individual pupils make and how best they can be supported. To improve further, the report recommends that the school should raise standards in writing, especially for boys, and should involve pupils more productively in using their targets and checking on their progress. Head teacher Nicole Caulfield said: “This is a good result for our school. I am very pleased that this report strongly reflects the enjoyment and achievement of the children and the hard work, dedication and team work of the staff.” Chair of Governors Lawrence McVeigh said: “This is a happy school where pupils do well in their studies and are well cared for. I welcome the inspectors’ comments to this effect and am pleased that everyone’s good work is given the credit it deserves.” Rose Collinson, Medway Council’s Director of Children’s Services, said: “This is an inclusive, happy school where children do well in their studies. The inspectors rightly recognised the quality of the headteacher and staff teamwork that support children’s learning and progress.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “I am very pleased that the inspectors have praised St Peter’s Infant School so highly. “The school has a very caring and dedicated staff, and they rightly deserve the praise and high opinion of pupils and parents.” [ends]