Calmore Junior School retains its 'good' Ofsted rating
A SCHOOL in Totton has retained its ‘good’ Ofsted rating following a visit from inspectors.
Calmore Juniorin Calmore Drive, which teaches 236 pupils aged seven to 11, was visited by inspectors in February.
It was last checked in 2016, when it was also rated as ‘good’. This time inspectors praised it as for the way pupils thrived at “friendly and welcoming”.
The report acknowledged that leaders were ambitious for pupils to learn a wide range of subjects well and all pupils, including those with special educational needs, were supported to do their best.
The teaching of reading was prioritised and a phonics programme has been introduced to support pupils at the early stages of learning to read.
Inspectors found that overall pupils did well in all subjects, with achievements in mathematics and art particularly strong.
Work to support pupils’ wider development included visits by inspirational role models including an explorer and a Paralympian.
They also learned about culture in other countries and enjoyed many trips, including a visit to a local nature reserve and museums in Southampton and London.
The report said staff and parents felt that senior leaders are approachable and communicated well, while staff valued the support they received to manage their workload.