Date: 08/04/2008 Category: Learning and Achievement
Featherby Infant and Nursery is a good school, according to its latest Ofsted report, that provides pupils with a good start in the nursery and good teaching across the school. You are invited to send a photographer and/or reporter to the school, on Allington Road, Gillingham, at 10am on 25 April to meet the pupils and staff at work. There are 308 pupils aged three to seven years old. Parents are very pleased with both the care and education provided for their children, the report states. The leadership of the school, the quality of teaching and care, and the progress children make, all received particular praise. Teaching is said to be good with elements of outstanding practice. Teachers have established clear expectations of behaviour and learning and pupils were found to respond well to these. Since the last inspection, the inspectors note that there have been considerable improvements to the school’s Foundation Stage and ICT. Better equipment and increased teacher expertise mean the pupils are now progressing well in ICT. Staff know the pupils well and take good care of them, the report states. They have forged good relationships with them and their parents. Effective procedures ensure that pupils are safe and secure at school. Pupils’ choir’s performances contribute to the local community and have recently appeared on local television. The report also praises pupils’ support for those less well-off than themselves by raising funds for local and national charities. Head Teacher Jane Thompson said: “I’m pleased with this report, which recognises our achievements and our good progress since the last inspection. We pride ourselves on our involvement with parents and the local community and I’m glad this report acknowledges our successes here.” Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr Les Wicks said: “I am very pleased that all the hard work, commitment and dedication of the staff to the well-being of the pupils at Featherby Infants has been recognised and look forward to that success continuing.” Director of Children’s Services Rose Collinson said: "I'm delighted that Ofsted recognised the leadership, vision and values that shine through this school. Children enjoy their learning, and progress and achieve well. Their voice is very important in the school."