Date: 31/03/2008 Category: Learning and Achievement
Maundene School in Walderslade has been officially designated a ‘good’ school in its latest Ofsted report, thanks to good leadership and management, which have led to improvements since the school’s last inspection. Parents praised the school’s good care and welfare arrangements in particular, the report states, which contribute to pupils’ strong feeling of well-being and their enjoyment of attending school. There are 427 pupils aged four to eleven years old. The good relationships throughout the school help motivate pupils to try hard and do their best, so that they get through a lot of work in their well-paced lessons, inspectors found. Teachers’ expectations are high, both in terms of pupils’ behaviour and the standard of their work. Behaviour throughout the school is described as good and pupils were found to respond with enthusiasm to the school’s systems of rewards and penalties. Pupils all have targets for literacy and numeracy and these, together with teachers’ helpful marking of their work, are said in the report to give pupils good guidance on how to do better. Head Teacher Norman Cutting said: “For the third time, Maundene has been judged to be a solidly good school in all aspects and we are delighted that the hard work of everyone connected with the school is recognised and appreciated.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “A great strength of the school is that everyone works as a team, providing wonderful opportunities for children to learn and enjoy their education. I am extremely pleased that the inspection team has acknowledged the school’s strengths.” Director of Children’s Services Rose Collinson added: “I'm delighted that Ofsted highlighted the strength of the headteacher and his team at Maundene. It's their teamwork that ensures how much children enjoy their learning and relish the feedback they receive on how to do even better at Maundene. “The inspectors also celebrated the rich and extensive extracurricular opportunities available at the school. My congratulations to children and staff.' NOTE: The school will be able to provide its own photos of pupils and teachers from 24 April.