'Considerable' rise in achievement at Castle Hill Primary School, Chessington, Ofsted says

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A Chessington school has been graded ‘good’ by Ofsted in its latest report.

Castle Hill Primary School received the news yesterday, moving up a grade from its previous ‘satisfactory’ report in 2012.

Inspectors said that in that time “achievement has risen considerably and the school is well placed to continue improving”.

Their report said: “There is a very positive ethos in and around the school and pupils conduct themselves well; consequently, behaviour is good and at times it is exemplary.

“Teachers and support staff in the resource provision are extremely skilled. Lessons start promptly and pupils are keen to learn because lessons are often very interesting and capture their interest.”

But children eligible for the pupil premium made slower progress in writing than they should, inspectors said.

They added: “They attained two terms behind their peers and all pupils nationally. The school is very aware of this issue and has already implemented plans to address the situation.

“Gaps between those who are eligible for the pupil premium and others are closing at a rapid rate.”

Head teacher Lou Anderson said: “We have worked incredibly hard here. It’s a different school now.

“Staff, children and parents have worked hard to turn this school around.”

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