A JUNIOR school in Basingstoke that was previously rated as 'inadequate' by Ofsted has turned things around with its latest 'outstanding' rating.

An inspector visited Marnel Junior School, in Shetland Road, Popley on Tuesday, January 23 and Wednesday, January 24 and a report not yet published but seen by the Gazette says it is now 'outstanding'. 

The report states 'students thrive at this highly ambitious and inclusive school' and 'burst with pride' about their high achievements, both academically and pastorally.

It states: "The school’s culture is shaped by its well-known learning behaviours. Relationships between staff and pupils are exceptionally strong and based on mutual respect. As a result, pupils behave impeccably well."

Basingstoke Gazette: Marnel Junior School has been rated as 'outstanding'

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The school converted to an academy in 2021 sponsored by the Bourne Education Trust. Before this, it was told that it was inadequate in a 2020 inspection, with the report stating that 'too many students have not reached their potential'.

Tijhs Jordan, the school's headteacher, said: "It's a momentous occasion that fills us all with pride and joy. The journey we've been on, transforming from an inadequate grading to outstanding is nothing short of amazing."

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It is also noted in the report that students are enthusiastic readers and in lessons explore and analyse a whole range of texts.

The report adds: "Teachers expertly use their questioning skills to deepen and check pupils’ understanding. Those who need extra help with their reading are identified quickly and supported by well-trained staff."

Alex Russell, CEO of the Bourne Education Trust, added: "The journey to ‘outstanding’ has been a collective endeavour, and we extend our heartfelt gratitude to the entire school community for their unwavering support for Tijhs, his team, and the wonderful pupils at Marnel.

"As we celebrate this remarkable achievement, we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing the highest standards of education and opportunities for all our pupils. Congratulations Marnel on this exceptional accomplishment."

This was the first routine inspection the school received since the Covid pandemic began.