A Rainham school is praised for keeping its “good” Ofsted rating

Rainham Village Primary School has maintained its "good" Ofsted rating.

Rainham Village Primary School has maintained its "good" Ofsted rating. - Credit: Archant

A school has been praised for its “high expectations and positive environment” in its latest Ofsted report.

Rainham Village Primary School and Nursery, in Upminster Road South, has kept its “good” rating after inspectors said it had maintained its achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour of pupils and leadership and management.

The headteacher and deputy headteacher were also praised for establishing a “culture of high expectations” and a positive environment which helps pupils to achieve well.

Inspectors said that they lead by example and are well supported by all members of staff.

Another highlight was that pupils make good progress in reading, writing and maths so they reach an average level by the end of Year 6.

The school has “good support” for disabled pupils, those with educational needs and those who speak English as an additional language and these pupils go on to achieve well.

The report said that most teaching is “good” with some “outstanding” and teachers use questioning effectively and build positive relationships with pupils, “helping them to do their best”.

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Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is consistently good and “they are proud of their school and are keen to learn”.

The report also noted that attendance has improved and is now above average and governors are “fully committed” to making sure the school provides a good quality of education. It added: “They know the strengths of the school and what needs to be done to improve it further.”

But Ofsted said it is not yet rated “outstanding” because there are inconsistencies in teaching of maths in Years 3 to 6 so that progress is not as rapid as that in reading and writing.

Also teachers do not sufficiently encourage pupils to be independent in lessons and extend their own learning.