A SCHOOL in Christchurch continues to be a ‘good school’ following its most recent Ofsted inspection.

Christchurch Junior School, under Twynham Learning Academy, has been rated a ‘good’ school in an Ofsted inspection at the beginning of May.

The rating follows the school’s previous inspection in December 2014 which also saw it marked as ‘good’.

Inspectors judged the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, as well as leadership and management, and found that pupils “enjoy school and attend well.”

The report reads: “Pupils are respectful. They value the school’s inclusivity. Pupils get along at social times well. Bullying is rare. If there are disagreements, pupils are confident that staff will sort it out.

“Pupils are enthusiastic about their learning. They study a full range of subjects. Leaders’ expectations of what pupils should learn are rising over time."

The Ofsted report discusses the impact Christchurch Junior School faced amid the Covid pandemic. It reads: “Some curriculum development work stalled due to COVID-19.

"Therefore, some subject curriculums are further forwards than others. This means that pupils do not learn the depth of information they need to excel in every subject. Leaders’ work to secure further developments to the curriculum is building momentum now.”

The inspectors praised the school’s safeguarding measures. It said: “The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Leaders ensure that they keep staff up to date with a wealth of safeguarding training.

“Staff apply their training well. They are quick to identify and support pupils and families who may be at risk or need help."

Christchurch Junior School are said to be “delighted” with the grading.

Headteacher Mr Sam Fuller commented: “We are truly a community school, and I am thrilled for our pupils and families that the inspection process has identified that ‘pupils enjoy school’ and ‘are enthusiastic about their learning’.

“We have worked relentlessly to give personal development opportunities to our pupils, and we are now seeing the fruits of this labour.

“The CJS pupils really are a wonderful advert for young people in this area, demonstrating that they have an incredible belief in our community, contributing excellently to the local area.”