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A good school with outstanding features

Date: 27/03/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

Members of the media are invited to a photo call at 10am on Friday, 4 April. A ‘calm and warm environment’ helps nurture pupils at Elaine Primary School in Strood according to Ofsted inspectors. The school was given an overall good rating; the personal development and well-being of the pupils was considered excellent. Ofsted praised the headteacher Lynne Garnham and her staff and said the school’s success was thanks to Mrs Garnham’s ‘very good leadership’. Mrs Garnham said: “I am very pleased with this report and want to thank all my staff, parents and the children for helping to achieve this result. We are delighted the inspectors recognised our strong sense of community.” Teaching, learning and the curriculum are good; the curriculum is broad and relevant to pupils’ interests thanks to this pupils’ achievement is good. Many children begin school at an educational disadvantage but make good progress in the nursery, and continue to do so in Key Stages 1 and 2. The school’s specialist unit The Chalklands Centre, which caters for pupils with severe social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, was also praised. Pupils in this unit make good progress because they are given the right balance for developing their personal and academic abilities. Teaching and lesson planning is consistently good in Chalklands. Relationships and class management are excellent throughout the school. Teachers’ thorough checks on pupils’ abilities quickly establish what they know from the moment they enter school. Parents are delighted with the school saying ‘it’s a very good school and my children are very happy and doing well’. Pupils also praise the school. They told inspectors ‘the school is perfect and our teacher makes learning fun’. To further improve, Ofsted recommended that more help be given to pupils to help them reach higher standards in English, maths and science; Reception pupils need more help with their reading, writing and maths. Medway Council’s Director of Children’s Services Rose Collinson said: “I'm delighted that Ofsted recognised and praised the strengths of leadership in the school. The team rightly highlighted that every child really does matter at Elaine – they are safe, looked after and given rich opportunities to aspire and achieve. My congratulations to children and the staff team.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr Les Wicks said: “I'm glad the overall result is good and I'm particularly pleased that the Chalklands Centre was recognised for its valuable contribution to the school." Elaine Primary is in Elaine Avenue, Strood and caters for children aged three to 11. The Chalklands Centre is a specialist centre on the same site.