Three of the city’s primary schools have been heaped with praise by the education watchdog.
Westdene Primary School, Cottesmore St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Woodingdean Primary School have all been rated as “Good” by Ofsted following their latest inspections.
Inspectors said Westdene Primary School, in Bankside, Brighton, could receive the highest rating of “outstanding” if they were to carry out a graded inspection. A graded inspection uses Ofsted's full framework and grades school for overall effectiveness. The ungraded inspections focus on determining whether the school remains the same grade as it was at its previous graded inspection
Westdene was praised for how pupils behave, its “highly effective curriculum” and its leadership team.
The report said: “There is an incredibly strong sense of family and community in Westdene Primary School.
“All staff have high expectations of pupils, and pupils rise to meet these exceptionally well.
“Pupils are proud to attend the school and to contribute to making it successful.
“Pupils feel safe in this school and bullying is exceptionally rare. Pupils are confident that, were it to happen, it would be dealt with quickly by staff.”
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Cottesmore St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, in the Upper Drive, Hove, was praised for providing pupils with a “rich set of experiences”, its “ambitious” curriculum and the strength of teachers’ subjectknowledge.
The report said: “Pupils are supported to believe in themselves and to become resilient and curious learners. They enjoy their lessons and take pride in their work.
“Relationships across the school are positive and caring. All staff take responsibility for developing a culture of support, respect and positivity. Pupils help each other in class.
“They feel safe.
“Pupils are happy and behave well.”
Woodingdean Primary School, in Warren Road, Brighton, was praised for creating a “well-thought-out and ever-changing learning environment”, how well bullying was dealt with ad the “borad and balanced” curriculum.
The report said: “Pupils are polite, considerate and welcome you with a smile. They endeavour to meet the high expectations set by staff.
“They know that staff care about all of them and are proud of each and every one of them. A parent commented, ‘Staff want the very best. I feel happy sending our daughter to school every day knowing that she is happy and thriving.'”