Ofsted praises Gillingham school’s “rapid” improvement

Children at Gillingham Primary School celebrate the latest Ofsted report.

Children at Gillingham Primary School celebrate the latest Ofsted report. - Credit: Archant

Pupils, staff and governors at St Michael's Primary School in Gillingham are celebrating the start of a new school year with a Good Ofsted report.

An inspection of the school was carried out in July and the school was graded good in all four categories for the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

The Ofsted inspector said that since the headteacher and new teaching team were appointed in September 2010, when the school was graded satisfactory by Ofsted, standards had risen at an increasingly rapid rate.

Headteacher Heather Brand said the report was a real credit to the pupils. She said: 'I am really delighted with this report as it accurately reflects where our school is. The inspector noted that we have a very strong community and the partnership with parents and carers is very strong.'

In order to become Outstanding, the school needs to continue to improve teaching and increase progress in writing.

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