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Walderslade Primary is ‘good’, Ofsted says

Date: 21/02/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

Walderslade Primary School has been successful in its aim that “Above all we want children to achieve, be happy and make a contribution to the community in which they live”, according to Ofsted inspectors, who have judged it to be a good school in their latest inspection. You are invited to send a photographer and/or reporter to the school, on Dargets Road, Chatham, at 11.45am on Thursday 6 March to meet the pupils and staff at work. There are 208 pupils aged 4 to 11 years old. Teachers know and get on well with their pupils, inspectors found, so that pupils rate teachers as one of the very best things about the school. Pupils feel safe because their welfare is catered for well at the school. The report quotes one parent as saying: “The children are well aware of the behaviour expected of them and the consequences of not following the rules. They are encouraged to make assessments of any wrongdoings and consider the effect of their actions on others.” Pupils and parents alike consider Walderslade to be a happy school, and this contributes to pupils’ good personal development, the report states. Pupils take part with enthusiasm in lessons and in the very good range of after-school clubs. The school owes much of its success to its good governance, leadership and management, inspectors found. A particular strength of the school is in the way school leaders and other staff carefully analyse how well each pupil is doing, and give extra support if needed. Several parents referred to the strong community spirit of the school, the report states, including a ‘green team’ that helps look after the local environment, and a school choir that sings for local older people. Head Teacher Angela Milne said: “I’m glad that Ofsted has recognised the school’s strengths and I think this is a very fair assessment. We take great pride in pupils’ achievements both within and beyond school, and the report reflects that.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “Walderslade Primary 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 this inspection report captures the children's enthusiasm for learning and for all the staff team at Walderslade school. Ofsted rightly recognised the strength of the leadership and teamwork in the school that supports children's progress, achievements and well being."