Burgess Hill primary school ‘delighted’ after positive Ofsted report

A Burgess Hill primary school is celebrating positive feedback following its latest visit from Ofsted.

London Meed Primary School in Chanctonbury Road had a monitoring visit from Sir Robin Bosher, who has until recently been Ofsted’s regional director.

Headteacher Candida Reece with some of the pupils at London Meed Primary School. Photo by Steve Robards

Headteacher Candida Reece with some of the pupils at London Meed Primary School. Photo by Steve Robards

In his report, he noted improvements to teaching and learning at the school and acknowledged the determination shown by the headteacher, staff and governors.

The school was given a rating of ‘requires improvement’ at its last two full inspections, in May 2017 and February 2015.

Headteacher Candida Reece told the Middy: “I was delighted that Sir Robin took such a close look at our school.

“He spent time interviewing staff, governors and children, all classes in the school were visited, along with all play-spaces and the hall at lunchtime.

“Children were, as always, courteous and helpful to our visitor and our teaching staff talked very positively about training provided for them.

“I don’t underestimate the stress a visit from Ofsted places on staff, especially so close to the start of term, but our hard-working staff rose to the occasion.

“As far as the children were concerned, it was just another day of learning.”

The Ofsted report, published this week, stated that senior leaders and governors were taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement.

It also said the school should take further action to improve the quality of assessment across all key stages so that teachers and leaders identify and support effectively those pupils who start to fall behind and intervene quickly to help them to improve their learning.

In 2017 and 2018, pupils’ outcomes at London Meed were above national outcomes for pupils at the end of key stage two, the school said.

London Meed is holding an Open Day next Thursday (October 18).

Hour long sessions will take place at 9.30am, 10.45am and 1.45pm. Book by calling 01444 232336.

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