Newbridge Junior School Praised by Ofsted

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Inspectors give school stamp of approval. Pupils and staff at Newbridge Junior School are delighted after it was praised for its ever-increasing standards in an Ofsted report which rates the school as “Good”.

The report notes the continuing improvement and strong results achieved at the school, in New Road, since it joined our Trust three years ago.

Attainment levels have risen significantly since 2014, with 77% of boys achieving the expected standard in writing and 75% in reading this year, figures above the national average for all pupils – in an area where girls traditionally score best. The report says all pupils are also making “rapid” progress in writing.

According to Ofsted, pupils have a good understanding of how to improve their work, and “talk knowledgeably about their next steps to success.”

The Ofsted report praises the “clear leadership and vision” shown by the school’s Headteacher, Anna Webb, and the way in which her team have “risen to the challenge” of a significant increase in pupil numbers – demonstrating the school’s popularity with parents – and the opening of a separate site for Year 6 pupils earlier this year.

The report highlighted a number of other positives about the school:

  • “Disadvantaged pupils achieve well,” with the proportion achieving the expected level in maths and writing above the national average.
  • There is a “strong culture of vigilance” and parents feel their children are “happy, safe, and well looked after”.
  • “Pupils are given plenty of opportunities to come together through shared activities to secure the ethos and identity of the school”.
  • “Pupils enjoy school” and “talk enthusiastically about the work they do”.


Anna Webb, Headteacher of Newbridge Junior School, said:

“We are all incredibly proud to be rated “Good” by Ofsted, and receive such praise across the board.

“I would like to thank all our teachers and pupils for their continual hard work and dedication, as well as parents for their ongoing support – without which this success would not be possible.

“We look forward to celebrating many more achievements over the coming years, as we continue on our upward trajectory.”


Stuart Gardner, Chief Executive of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, said:

“I would like to congratulate everyone at Newbridge Junior School for such a praiseworthy Ofsted report, demonstrating the continuing improvements since 2014.

“Pupils at the school have access to a vibrant and stimulating educational environment that enables them to achieve their best, as shown by the above average levels of attainment achieved.

“These are exciting times for the school as it goes from strength to strength, proving a shining example to others in Portsmouth.”