Praise from Ofsted marks the end of an era for junior school

June 02 2017

CHESTER Park Junior School has moved out of its old buildings on a high note - by getting another Good rating from Ofsted.

CHESTER Park Junior School has moved out of its old buildings on a high note - by getting another Good rating from Ofsted.

Her Majesty’s Inspector Kathy Maddocks, who visited in April, said the school had maintained its high quality of education since 2012.

She praised head teacher Mike McNama for improvements made since he took up his post in September 2016 and said he had “continued the ethos of ‘caring and happy, purposeful and peaceful’ while jointly achieving success within the diverse comm

unity you serve”. 

The inspector said efforts to build stronger links with parents had been particularly successful.

In a letter to parents after the publication of the Ofsted findings, Mr McNama said: “I think the report reflects the hard work and dedication of the Chester Park Junior School team to support the children. I am very proud of the team we have at school and would like to thank them for all they do and know that parents and carers echo these feelings. 

“The school is supported and challenged by an able governing body who hold the welfare and best interests of your children at heart in all decisions that are made. Governors are heavily involved in many aspects of school life and contribute to the provision made for the pupils. Parents and carers continue to engage well with the school and more and more are becoming actively involved in school life through Friends, reading or parental groups. 

“During the recent anti bullying week over 150 parents visited the school to share the children’s learning linked to this important topic.”

The Victorian school closed its doors to junior school pupils for the last time on May 26. To mark the occasion, children joined hands around the building and sang songs.

They will move into their new building in Abingdon Road on June 12. 

Former pupils and parents also had the chance to say farewell to the school at an event on May 13 organised by the Friends of the School.

After refurbishment, the old school will be used to expand Chester Park Infant School to meet increased demand for school places. This will mean that the infant school will be able to take in 90 90 children a year instead of 75, while the junior school’s annual intake will grow from 60 to 90.