Bradley Stoke’s Meadowbrook Primary School has been rated “good” by Ofsted inspectors, who visited the school last month.
The team of five inspectors observed a total of 21 lessons at the 401-pupil school, which is located in Three Brooks Lane, off Savages Wood Road.
The inspectors summarised their findings as follows:
“Meadowbrook is a good primary school. As a consequence of the strong leadership and management of the headteacher, significant improvements have been made since the last inspection in developing teaching and learning, and in the establishment of an exciting curriculum. This is recognised by most parents and carers who hold the school in high regard.”
The latest grading represents a significant improvement over Ofsted’s “satisfactory” verdict in 2008, when the school was said to be “recovering rapidly after a period of uncertainty and decline”.
The report praises the “successful leadership” of Headteacher Jon Barr, which is said to have resulted in “a clear, shared vision for the school”.
Inspectors say pupils’ attendance is excellent and they leave “well prepared for secondary school and the world beyond”.
Mr Barr said:
“The last three years at Meadowbrook Primary School have been some of the most exciting of my career. The report tells the story of the exciting changes we have made happen at our school.”
“I am thrilled that our children have talked so positively to the inspectors but not surprised. They had been telling me what good things had been happening in their classrooms for quite a while.”
Tim Williams, Chair of Governors, added:
“Inspectors said the pursuit of excellence is evident at all levels of the school community and I can fully endorse this. Meadowbrook Primary School is an excellent facility providing children with a great standard of education where pupils achieve good results.”
Inspectors say the school should aim to improve attainment levels in mathematics and extend pupils’ appreciation of the range of cultural traditions in the United Kingdom that are not represented within the local community.
All six primary schools in Bradley Stoke are now rated “good” or “outstanding” by Ofsted. The town’s only secondary school, Bradley Stoke Community School, was rated “outstanding” in November 2009.
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