DOUBLE Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes will be in Crowhurst tomorrow (Tuesday)to officially open the school's new all-weather sports pitch.
Crowhurst Ofsted success
27 January 2009
By Laura Button
Staff, pupils and parents at Crowhurst School are celebrating after it scored highly in the latest round of inspections.
Inspectors from Ofsted and the Diocese of Chichester inspected the school at the end of the autumn term 2008 and categorised Crowhurst as 'good'.
The report from Ofsted describes the school as: "A good school… achievement is good and pupils reach above average standards by the time they leave school…pupils develop good life skills and are well prepared for their future schooling".
In fact 2008 saw results in Year 2 that were the highest for five years and in Year 6, results place the school in the top 25 per cent of schools nationally based on progress (contextual value added)."
The achievements reflect the importance the school places on developing pupils as individuals and learners and looking beyond pure statistics.
The Ofsted report added: "Pastoral care (of pupils) is outstanding... all is being done to ensure that pupils feel safe and secure."
The school prides itself on the high standards of behaviour displayed by pupils, which the inspectors recognised and remarked on when writing to the pupils, saying: "You told us that it was fun to be at your school. We can see why. We have said that you behave well and get on really well with each other during lessons and in the playground."
The Section 48 inspection carried out by the Diocese of Chichester identified the strong Christian beliefs and values that are evident throughout the school.
It also noted: "The school has a very strong relationship with St George's Church and the local community…the use of the church for regular worship has a very positive impact on the pupils' spiritual experiences."
The school had a change of headteacher in April 2007 and both reports recognise the way his leadership has built upon the work led by the previous headteacher.
Ofsted identified he has: "Given clear messages that better teaching would lead to better learning."
A whole school approach has been taken to improving the school and headteacher, Andrew Jervis, said: "I am particularly pleased that the inspectors identified that all staff, parents, pupils and the governing body have been involved in working together to move the school forward.
"The reports provide us with confirmation of our own evaluation of what we see everyday in our school community – a good school with a whole community that is committed to planning and delivering a holistic school experience that leads to lots of good learning going on.
"We are lucky to have such hard working staff, pupils and governors and a wider community that is fully committed to supporting the school and its role."
Chair of governors, Mike Stewart wrote to the school to say: "We appreciate the time and commitment the staff give to the pupils and the school and this is reflected in the outcome of the inspections."
Matt Dunkley, director of children's services, has written to the school to offer his congratulations.
He said: "To be judged by the Ofsted team as good in all main areas, as well as good or better in all but one of the subsidiary aspects, is a testament to the high level of provision the school offers."