Staff, governors and pupils at Bradley Stoke’s Holy Trinity Primary School are celebrating after receiving another positive report from Ofsted.
An Ofsted inspector visited the school on 12th January to carry out the first ‘short’ inspection since Holy Trinity was judged to be ‘good’ in 2011 and concluded that the leadership team has maintained the ‘good’ quality of education in the school since the previous inspection.
The views of all stakeholders were sought, either by face to face meetings or through questionnaires and responses on the school Parent View site.
Headteacher Jane Johns said:
“Naturally there was a great focus on the children – either through talking to them, reading with them and viewing them in lessons. The standards of teaching and learning are at the heart of the process and took up the most amount of time. Pleasingly the inspector commented: ‘Leaders have developed a curriculum that excites, inspires and challenges pupils. As a consequence, pupils enjoy their learning and achieve well.’’’
“It was very encouraging to have recognition in the report of the impact that staff have on the pupils: ‘You have a strong and committed teaching team which is ably assisted by highly motivated and skilled support staff. All staff share a determination to ensure that pupils do as well as they can, irrespective of their backgrounds or disabilities. Pupils explained how they appreciate the care, guidance and support provided by staff who are determined to provide them with the skills they need for their future as learners.’'”
Reporting on how well the school had tackled areas to improve identified in the previous report, the inspector commented that the level of challenge in mathematics had been improved “with gusto”, by making greater use of problem-solving activities.
Mrs Johns added:
“It was very pleasing to read the comments that pupils had shared with the inspector regarding how they feel at school, and we’re especially proud that high standards have not been compromised and can sit hand in hand with the excellent quality of care for the pupils that we feel marks our school out as a special place to learn.”
The inspector noted that parents are tremendously supportive of the school and are confident their children are receiving high-quality learning opportunities which are preparing them well for the future.
Areas identified as needing improvement are transition arrangements for children starting in the early years and the need for development plans that clearly indicate how leaders and governors can check that actions taken have improved pupil outcomes.
Related link: Ofsted report for Holy Trinity Primary School
Photo: Pupils and staff celebrate their ‘good’ Ofsted report. Staff (l-r): Mr Jones, Mr Stanley and Mrs Johns.
This article originally appeared in the March 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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