STAFF and students at a Wokingham primary school are celebrating after receiving a new and improved ‘Good’ rating by school inspectors, Ofsted.

Floreat Montague Park Primary School was given the improved rating after being told it ‘required improvement’ in 2019 for its quality of teaching, learning and assessment.

Now, the school has been lauded for its ‘optimistic and respectful culture’ where teachers go above and beyond.

During the visit, the inspectors spoke to teachers, leaders, students and parents to assess whether the quality of teaching had improved.

The report said: “Echoing the sentiments of many, one parent said, ‘All the staff are very supportive, they go above and beyond to support our children, and they do it with a smile on their faces.’ 

“Leaders have high expectations of behaviour and achievement. Pupils work hard to meet these. They behave well in lessons and around the school.”

Following a period of high staff turnover according to Ofsted, the school has worked diligently to steer the school through substantial growth and rapid change.

According to the inspector, ‘leaders also maintained a clear focus on designing a broad and ambitious curriculum, which runs seamlessly from the early years to Year 6.’

As well as an effective and optimistic culture, Floreat Montague has also risen their expectation on grading and standards in national assessments.

The inspector found that standards are rising from below the national average level in national assessment during Summer 2022 assessments.

Leaders are also becoming more effective in helping pupils with high needs who have education, health and care plans (EHC plans) to succeed. 

The report also said: “Since the last inspection, leaders have prioritised reading across the school. They are now ensuring that all pupils learn to read quickly so that they can access the wider curriculum. 

“Staff receive regular training on how to teach early reading well. There is a structured approach to whole-class, small-group and individual reading sessions. 

“This helps pupils gain the knowledge and skills to become confident, fluent readers.”

The school was inspected in November 2022 and published on January 27, 2023.