Good, and it can only get better

Ofsted at St Chad's Primary School, Hove Edge. Head teacher Graeme Genty with the school council.
Ofsted at St Chad's Primary School, Hove Edge. Head teacher Graeme Genty with the school council.

A Hove Edge school has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted inspectors.

St Chad’s CE Primary School has been rated good in all aspects during its inspection back in October.

Inspector James McGrath said teaching is good and sometimes outstanding and most teachers plan exciting and interesting activities that capture the imagination of pupils.

Many teachers ask searching questions to challenge pupils to think deeply about what they are learning, he says.

“Pupils behave well and they have positive attitudes to learning. They work enthusiastically, striving to produce good work,” he said. “Pupils say they feel safe and that they enjoy school. Attendance is above average.

“Leaders, managers and governors have developed a strong sense of purpose amongst all staff to drive the school forward. This contributes well to ensuring good teaching and achievement. As a result, pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education.”

Head teacher Graeme Genty said they were pleased with the outcome. “This is not necessarily the end of a six year journey since I joined St CHad’s, but is certainly a key milestone for the school, the children and the staff. We have put in six years of hard work to make consistent and carefully considered improvements to every aspect of the school, from the quality of teaching and learning, assessment systems, learning behaviour and attitudes, tracking progress, developing the curriculum, enhancing the school day with before and after school activities right through to developing the school building itself.

“The judgement of ‘good’ by Ofsted simply confirms that we are working on the right things, in the right way and providing a really good quality of education and opportunity for our children and their families. I have to say that it feels good for this to be confirmed and I know this will be a springboard to continue to move the school on from this point.

“Everyone within the St Chad’s community should be very proud of the achievements and the outcomes for the school and the report praises highly all aspects of our provision, governance and of course most importantly our work with the children and the good outcomes that this results in for them.”

He said that the inspectors undertook a very rigorous and thorough process.

“Myself and the staff at St. Chad’s really welcome this and it enabled us to show that what we did over the two days of the inspection, was reflective of the good work that happens each and every day. This report is a great recognition of the work that happens at St Chad’s and we look forward to even better in the future.”