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Luton Infants provides outstanding care, Ofsted reports

Date: 01/04/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

Luton Infant School is a good, effective school that provides outstanding care, guidance and support to its pupils, according to its latest Ofsted report. You are invited to send a photographer and/or reporter to the school, on Alexandra Road, Chatham, at 9.30am on April 1 to meet the pupils and staff at work. There are 202 pupils aged four to seven years old. The care taken over individual pupils is described as “impressive”. Detailed safeguarding arrangements ensure that pupils are safe and well looked after, and their particular needs are quickly assessed. The report also praises “strength in leadership and management at all levels” at the school, as well as the “good, sensitive leadership” of Head Teacher Susan Lythgoe. It goes on to say that she has a “clear vision” for the school and makes sure that individual care of each pupil, and a focus on raising standards, play a central role in the school’s work, thanks to a comprehensive improvement plan. Teachers manage their classes well, the report states, and most have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour and value their work and responses in class. This makes a strong impact on pupils’ self-esteem and their personal and emotional development. Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and attitudes are good, and they clearly enjoy school, the inspector found, as well as having a good appreciation of healthy lifestyles and keeping safe. They have a strong sense of belonging and being part of the school community. The curriculum is described as carefully planned and well balanced, and is focused on the development of basic literacy and numeracy skills, but also emphasises work in art, music and drama. Head Teacher Susan Lythgoe said: “We are pleased that Ofsted recognises we are a good, effective school. Pupils are happy and we have high expectations for the children. I’d like to thank the whole team for their dedication and hard work in raising standards and the outstanding care given to our children.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “I am pleased that the inspection team has recognised the strengths of the school. They put their pupils’ needs first, and that’s what it’s all about. This good report is well deserved.” Director of Children’s Services Rose Collinson added: “I'm so pleased that Ofsted have praised the outstanding care and support Luton Infants provides for its pupils. The headteacher and her staff team work hard to make sure this is a great school in which to learn and make good progress and I'm delighted that the inspectors have recognised the school's strengths, ethos and values. My congratulations to them - well done and well deserved.”