West Wight head teacher praised by Ofsted after ‘good’ inspection

A short Ofsted inspection has seen a West Wight primary school continue to be rated ‘good’.

Gina Owrid, who has been in charge of St Saviour’s School, Totland, for just over four terms was praised by inspectors for maintaining the good quality of education in the school and identifying areas for further improvement.

The Ofsted report stated that Ms Owrid was taking steps to improve the breadth and depth of the school’s provision across the full range of curriculum subjects and was supported by the staff team and a core of dedicated governors, who know the school well, and all are rightly proud to be a part of its continuing improvement.

St Saviour’s was judged by Ofsted to be a caring and happy place where pupils behaved well and showed good manners towards adults and each other. According to the report, pupils liked their teachers and appreciated the lengths they went to to make learning enjoyable. Pupils engaged well in their lessons and, as a result, were rarely absent.

The report further noted the positive attitude of parents towards the school, and said that almost all parents praised the way in which the school nurtures their children and enables them to achieve high standards. Although there had been a number of staffing changes since the last inspection, Ofsted reported that the school had diligently followed up the areas of improvement that inspectors had asked the school to make.

The Ofsted inspectors did, however, point to ways in which educational provision at the school could be further improved, by stretching the most able pupils and ensuring pupils learned to solve mathematical problems with independence, stating that, at times, teachers’ expectations were too low. Fortunately, the report observed, such inconsistencies were being addressed by the leadership of the school.