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Ofsted rates Featherby Junior School as satisfactory

Date: 27/02/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

Featherby Junior School has scored a ‘satisfactory’ rating in its latest Ofsted report, which found that pupils enjoy attending the school and behave well. You are invited to send a photographer and/or reporter to the school, on Chilham Road, Gillingham, at 10am on Wednesday 19 March to meet the pupils and staff at work. There are 342 pupils aged 7 to 11 years old. Staff are committed to promoting pupils’ personal development and ensuring their well-being, the report states. As a result, most pupils, including those with learning difficulties, build up their confidence and self-esteem. Teachers have good strategies for managing pupils’ behaviour, resulting in calm, orderly lessons. The curriculum provides pupils with interesting activities that sustain their concentration throughout the school day. The school’s leaders deal appropriately with day-to-day issues, inspectors found, including pastoral and welfare matters. The school runs smoothly and parents are supportive of it and value the work it does. To improve further, the school should provide better academic guidance to all pupils, the report states, as well as greater opportunities for pupils to develop their ability to work independently. Head teacher Paul Green said: “We’ve made progress in improving standards over the last two years: an achievement that this Ofsted makes clear. The report notes our strengths, such as in writing and physical activities, and we aim to make every aspect of the school a strength in future.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “Featherby has a high proportion of students with learning difficulties, who have performed better than the national average. That’s something the school should be proud of, along with its other achievements.” Director of Children’s Services Rose Collinson added: "I'm pleased to see that most children at Featherby Juniors really enjoy coming to school, feel safe and cared for and ready and motivated to learn and participate in all the activities on offer. That's a very good base on which to build and develop and continue to improve." [ends]