Infant school praised by inspectors over its improvements

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Executive head Jane Phillips (left) and head of school Nicky King with pupils at Lydlynch Infant School which was rated ‘good’ overall in its recent Ofsted

A SCHOOL has been praised by inspectors for making major improvements since their last visit.

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The Ofsted team rated Lydlynch Infant School in Totton ‘good’ overall, and particularly highlighted its well-planned lessons, higher attendance figures and extra-curricular activities.

During their last visit in 2017, inspectors gave the school a ‘requires improvement’ rating.

This time around they spoke highly of the new executive headteacher Jane Phillips, who was said to lead with “passion and determination”.

She was also “committed to improvement, developing a strong team of teachers and strengthening leadership”.

Teaching was “increasingly successful”, the inspectors found, due to clear direction from leaders, and there is a strong focus on professional development and revised approaches to the teaching of reading, writing and mathematics.

The classrooms and outdoor areas are “exciting and interesting” and parents spoke highly of the staff, the report noted.

It added: “Due to a concerted effort by the school, attendance has improved since the previous inspection and is now much more in line with the national average. Fewer pupils are now persistently absent from school.”

The school was also praised for the way staff created opportunities to widen pupils’ range of experiences and enhance their learning through trips or visitors to school. It also noted how they benefited from a range of extra-curricular activities including sports and a gardening club.

Suggestions made by inspectors on how the school can continue to improve included further developing the curriculum to ensure it is broad and balanced.

It was also suggested to develop a tier of middle leadership so that some of the responsibilities of senior leaders can be distributed to others, allowing them to prioritise more effectively.

Ms Phillips told the A&T: “We are extremely delighted with this outcome. It reflects all the hard work and dedication that the staff, governors and children have put into our school.”

She added: “We were especially pleased that Ofsted recognised the inclusive ethos and that the relationships between the adults and the children is warm and trusting.”

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