QUEENSGATE Foundation Primary School has been rated 'good' by Ofsted following its latest inspection — which highlighted improvements made by the school since its last inspection.

They included activities led by reception children, 'promising signs' for Year 6 pupils reaching higher standards and 'remarkable improvements' in pupils' reading and writing achievements.

According to the inspection report, governors at the East Cowes school carried out their roles diligently and asked questions that challenged leaders.

However, it was found the issues raised were not always followed as quickly as they could be, and more input into school development planning was needed.

Safeguarding systems were found to be strong, effective, and well understood by staff.

Even minor changes in pupils' behaviour were noticed and monitored, timely referrals made, and the school was found to work successfully with families and agencies.

Children had a good understanding of bullying and online safety.

In 2018, progress in pupils' writing declined below the national average and no disadvantaged pupils achieved the higher standard.

Headteacher Samantha Sillito acknowledged the school had not responded quickly enough to end-of-key-stage assessment changes in English.

However, she said steps to improve standards, including seeking local authority support and training, had been effective — as evidenced in pupils' workbooks.

New strategies had been implemented to show pupils how to improve their writing, including challenging them with their class reading books.

Termly assessments had been introduced to help teachers identify pupils who had fallen behind and needed extra support.

'Out and about' sessions had been added to the curriculum — such as forest school trips — but more work was needed to adapt learning to children's individual needs.

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