Outstanding and Good ratings for six Medway primary schools


Medway Matters

Six Medway Primary Schools have been rated ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ by Ofsted following recent inspections.

Cliffe Woods Primary School and The Pilgrim Primary school have both been described as ‘outstanding’ following visits by the education regulator in mid-March.

They have managed to improve on their previous ‘good’ grading.

St John’s Infant, Burnt Oak Primary, Parkwood Infant and Miers Court Primary were inspected by Ofsted around the same time and all have been rated as ‘good’ schools.

St John’s and Burnt Oak also managed to achieve a higher rating than they previously had, and Parkwood and Miers Court maintained their ‘good’ grading.

Headteachers at the schools are thrilled with the outcome.

Jan Taylor, headteacher of The Pilgrim Primary School said: “I couldn’t be prouder of the whole Pilgrim School team. This is a vibrant, caring environment full of highly skilled professionals who simply put children at the heart of all decision-making and it works. Ofsted said that, ‘pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. They are exceptionally keen to learn and are very kind and caring’ and ‘pupil’s achievement is outstanding’.”

Jo Collman, headteacher of St John’s Primary School said: “I am pleased and proud of the latest efforts of children, staff, Governors, our community and our families as everybody has helped to make our fantastic little school ‘good’. Since my appointment as head teacher, I am particularly proud of raising achievement, improving good behaviour and especially, improving links with our families and our community.

“Onward and upward, the staff and I will endeavour to work tirelessly to improve the quality of education and care and support even further as we now strive to get our school to ‘outstanding’.”

Heidi Barton, headteacher of Burnt Oak Primary School said: “I am thrilled at the outcome of the school’s recent inspection which judged the school as good in all areas. It is testament to the hard work of staff and pupils at the school and we are delighted that the inspection team recognised the significant improvements.

“The report highlights a number of strengths including that pupils achieve well and make good progress across the school and that pupils’ good behaviour enables pupils to work and play together well.”

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