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Four Kent schools rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

08:53 24 November 2011

Kent County Council

Kent County Council

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Four Kent schools have been rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Challock Primary School, Ashford, Monkton Church of England Primary School, Ramsgate, Milestone School, Longfield, and Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar all attained Ofsted’s highest rating level.

Kent County Council cabinet member for education, learning and skills, Mike Whiting, said: “This is a great achievement for these schools and I would like to congratulate the head teachers, staff, governors and pupils. Their collective efforts have paid off and they well deserve the praise they’ve received.”

Challock Primary School was inspected on September 13. Ofsted said the behaviour at the school was excellent and it cares for pupils extremely well, particularly for those who find learning hard.

Pupils’ attainment in many subjects, especially reading, writing and mathematics, was much better than in most schools and information and communications technology (ICT), science, history and geography skills develop well.

Monkton CofE Primary School was inspected on October 19. Ofsted said it was an outstanding school and one where pupils were very happy, kind to each other, felt safe and enjoyed their new school building.

Staff were praised for looking after children well and providing interesting lessons. Teachers identified and developed each pupil’s talent whether in sport, writing, maths or art. Children also told inspectors they were proud to have helped design the playground and liked helping on the allotment.

Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar was inspected on November 2 and Milestone School was inspected on November 15. Both schools’ reports will be published on Ofsted’s website shortly.

This week Ofsted published its Annual Report 2010/11, drawing on more than 31,000 inspection visits across the schools, early years, children’s social care and learning and skills sectors of England.

Ofsted singled out Woodlands Junior School in Tonbridge for praise.

Cllr Whiting said: “We are really pleased that out of all the schools in the south east, Ofsted recognised a school in Kent – saying that Woodlands Junior School ‘leads the way’. This is a real testament to the hard work of headteacher Mary Priestley and her team in involving children to improve their work and encouraging them to make an outstanding contribution to the community.”

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