Ofsted confirms Baileys Court’s status as a ‘good’ school

Baileys Court Primary School.

Bradley Stoke’s Baileys Court Primary School has been rated “good” by Ofsted inspectors, who visited the school last month.

The team of four inspectors observed a total of 20 lessons at the 440-pupil school, which is located in Breaches Gate, off Baileys Court Road.

In their key findings, the inspectors note that while children join the Reception year with the expected skills for their age, they leave the school in Year 6 with above average attainment.

They say Baileys Court is a “happy” school where children enjoy learning and playing.

Behaviour at the school is “outstanding” and bullying is “almost unknown”, add the inspectors.

Headteacher Andrew Lynham, who joined the school in September 2012, is said to have “energised” the school and introduced many improvements.

Areas for improvement identified by the inspectors include the setting of clear targets for pupils in mathematics and making better use of the skills of teaching assistants during introductions to lessons.

In last year’s Key Stage 2 (KS2) tests, 83% of Year 6 pupils at the school achieved the expected levels in English and maths, compared to an average of 81% across all schools in South Gloucestershire and 79% in England.

Of the six primary schools in Bradley Stoke, five are rated “good” by Ofsted. The sixth, St Mary’s RC Primary School in Webbs Wood Road, was rated “outstanding” at its last inspection in March 2007.

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