Celebrating a GOOD Ofsted at Horsted Junior School in Medway


Another GOOD Ofsted to celebrate this week, this time at Horsted Junior School , Chatham.

The Head Teacher Steve Geary  and Chair of Governors Gary Lambkin should be justifiably proud of the achievement at the school and my heartiest congratulations go to them, the Staff, Pupils, Governors and Parents.

I look forward to visiting the school to help them celebrate their success after the half term break.



School report

Horsted Junior School Barberry Avenue, Chatham, ME5 9TF

Inspection dates 30 April–1 May 2014
Previous inspection: Satisfactory 3

Overall effectiveness

This inspection:

Behaviour and safety of pupils Leadership and management

Good 2

Good 2 Good 2 Good 2 Good 2

Achievement of pupils

Quality of teaching

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school.

 The achievement of pupils is good. By the end of Year 6, pupils’ attainment in mathematics and reading is especially good. Standards in English grammar, punctuation and spelling are high.

The quality of teaching is good and some is exemplary. Teachers effectively use questioning to engage pupils to deepen their understanding.

  •   Additional adults within the classroom are skilled in supporting pupils who have additional learning needs so that they make good progress.
  •   The behaviour of pupils is good and pupils are safe in school. Pupils say they enjoy their lessons and are keen to talk about their learning.It is not yet an outstanding school because
    •   Pupils are not always helped to understand how to move to the next level in their learning.
    •   Pupils of average ability are not consistently challenged to achieve the higher levels in their tasks.

Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs achieve well because of the support they receive across the school.

Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is effectively promoted within a supportive learning community.

The executive headteacher and deputy headteacher have been successful in improving the quality of teaching so that pupils are now making good progress from their individual starting points across all year groups.

 Governors know their school well. They are actively involved and are taking purposeful actions to further improve the school’s performance.


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