Date: 12/02/2008 Category: Learning and Achievement
Staff, parents and pupils at Brompton Westbrook Primary School are celebrating after an Ofsted inspection report highlighted several outstanding aspects of its work. Headteacher, staff and governors successfully worked together to create a school that pupils and parents are proud to attend and support, the report states. One parent reflected the views of many by saying: “It’s a wonderful school”. Outstanding aspects of the Gillingham school, which has 302 pupils aged from 3 to 11, include personal development and well-being. The report says: “Pupils are brilliantly behaved, friendly and courteous. This stems from their strong sense of what is right and wrong.” Care, guidance and support were also officially rated as outstanding. “Pupils readily tell you how safe and secure they feel as the school provides excellent levels of care.” Good teaching ensures that pupils, including those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, make good progress and achieve well. Pupils do particularly well in science, the report notes, and their ICT skills have improved since the last inspection. Children who join the school at short notice – usually because of a parent’s posting to the nearby Brompton Barracks – “benefit from small group tuition in the personalised learning centre”. The report says children entering the school receive a warm welcome and a good start to school life. Effective action by the Headteacher and staff has raised pupils’ attainment while extending their personal development and care significantly. New facilities due to open soon reflect their passion to improve provision further, the report states. Overall, the school has been graded “Good”. Headteacher Jane Heyes said: “I’m pleased with this report, which accurately reflects the dedication and commitment of staff, as well as the pride in our school of pupils and parents.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr Les Wicks said: “Brompton Westbrook clearly provides a great start to schooling for its pupils and this is obviously well appreciated by them and their parents. This report reflects that, and the praise it contains is well deserved.” Director of Children’s Services Rose Collinson added: “I'm delighted that Ofsted has recognised the very real strengths, passion and pride that characterises every one at Brompton Westbrook school. Children here are very well supported to fly and flourish in getting on with each other and in their learning - a great and winning combination.” You are invited to send a photographer and/or reporter to the school in King’s Bastion, Gillingham, by calling Mrs Harrison on 01634 844152.