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Disappointment at Meadowbrook Ofsted verdict

Posted on Thursday 21st December 2017 at 9:11 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Meadowbrook Primary School, taken from Crystal Way.

Meadowbrook Primary School is disappointed with the result of a recent Ofsted Inspection which has judged that the school “requires improvement”. The school was inspected in October and was judged as “good” in only two of the five areas. The school was also judged as “requires improvement” in the last inspection in March 2014. However, the recent judgement is based on a different inspection framework and the many positive comments in the report would suggest that the school has made significant progress since the last inspection.

Inspectors noted many positive aspects at Meadowbrook, including the good personal development, behaviour and welfare of the pupils and good Early Years provision. The report states:

  • Leaders and teachers place pupils’ welfare at the heart of their work. They form effective partnerships with parents. Pupils enjoy coming to school. They say that they are well looked after. They behave well and are polite and respectful.
  • Lunchtime and playtimes are happy, sociable occasions. Pupils enjoy chatting and playing with their friends. Pupils are well supervised and follow well-established rules.
  • Leaders encourage pupils to take on various positions of responsibility. Pupils are very proud to represent the school.
  • Stronger teaching in the school is characterised by high expectations, well-pitched learning activities and clear explanations. This helps pupils remain focused and enables them to practise and secure skills in different subjects.
  • Children make a good start in Reception, developing their knowledge, understanding and skills well. Consequently, the proportion of children reaching a good level of development by the end of Reception is high. Children are well prepared to move into Year 1.
  • Leadership of early years is good.
  • Phonics teaching is well planned and allows pupils to practise and develop their reading skills. As a result, pupils achieve well.
  • The exciting and interesting indoor and outdoor environments invite children to engage in rich and varied activities. As a result, they develop a range of skills.

The report acknowledged that the leaders and governors have worked hard with the Olympus Academy Trust to create a stable staffing structure. They understand what needs to improve and there is evidence that they are taking the necessary action to bring this about. At the time of the inspection some of the improvement strategies had not yet been embedded fully or consistently applied.

More: Head says judgement " feels somewhat harsh" »

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Meadowbrook and BSCS primary schools celebrate achievement of quality award

Posted on Saturday 19th August 2017 at 8:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of BSCS Catkins class learning in the forest school area. Photo of Reception class at Meadowbrook Primary.

Two local primary schools are celebrating being awarded the ‘Bristol Standard’, a programme designed to help schools develop and improve the quality and effectiveness of their provision.

Involvement in the Bristol Standard demonstrates commitment to reflective practice, self-evaluation and continuous quality improvement. The philosophy of the programme is that we can all ‘improve on our previous best’.

Achieving the award involves discussion and planning around a range of areas; for example, reflecting on curriculum provision, play and learning experiences, partnerships with parents and the quality of the physical learning environment.

Sharon Clark, Head of the Primary Phase at BSCS commented:

“Our pupils are already benefiting from our involvement in the programme, for example, as part of our self-evaluation we identified a need to build stronger relationships with local pre-schools. This led us to set up an early years network of several local schools and pre-schools which now meets termly – our first successful project being the production of a ‘Road to School’ handout which will be given to around 400 children in the local area who are making the transition from pre-school to primary school in September 2017.”

Lauren Burt, Reception teacher at Meadowbrook, said:

“This work reinforces our commitment to excellence; thanks to our Early Years team who have worked so hard to achieve it. Last year, Meadowbrook Reception pupils exceeded the national average percentage of children who achieve a ‘Good Level of Development (GLD is defined as children working at, or exceeding, the expected standard in the key areas of English, maths, physical development, communication & language and personal, social & emotional development) and we hope to achieve better this year whilst having record levels of fun in Reception year!”

Photos (from left): 1 Miss Rogers, BSCS Year 1 teacher, with children from Catkins class learning in the forest school area. 2 Reception Class at Meadowbrook Primary with class teacher Mr Petrucco.

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 40). The magazine is 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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Local estate agents Ocean step in to support Meadowbrook Primary’s sports teams

Posted on Friday 30th June 2017 at 4:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Meadowbrook Primary School's football team, sponsored by Ocean.

Local estate agents Ocean say they are very happy to have been given the opportunity to support some of the sports teams at Bradley Stoke’s Meadowbrook Primary School this year. They’re hoping the football team enjoy their new strip and the netball team their polo shirts.

Ocean say they are also pleased to have been able to source the new kit from a local supplier, Linela Embroidery in Olveston, who ensured that the embroidered school emblem on the shirts was “just right”. The response from the children and teachers confirms they did a great job, with everyone saying they are delighted with the new kit.

Stefano Missiato, Ocean Bradley Stoke sales manager said he has been very pleased to see the new strips at Meadowbrook. He’s been working in Bradley Stoke for over ten years now and knows just how important it is to ensure the local community’s schools are supported as much as possible.

“Let’s hope the new kit brings good luck, wins follow, and fun is had by all,” he added

Meadowbrook Primary School's netball team, sponsored by Ocean.

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Boeing volunteers fly in to help local schools

Posted on Thursday 15th June 2017 at 11:14 pm by SH (Editor)

Volunteers from Boeing Defence working with students at Bradley Stoke Community School on a World Earth Day project.

As part of their annual celebration of World Earth Day, 60 volunteers from Boeing Defence spent a day at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) and sister school Meadowbrook Primary to complete a range of projects to update and develop the school grounds.

Volunteers arrived for 9am and led morning assembly with Reception and Year 1 pupils, explaining more about the work of Boeing and the ethos behind World Earth Day. Volunteers were then split into groups to tackle projects such as pruning, cutting back hedges, tidying up existing planters and assembling some new ones for primary pupils to harvest their own vegetables.

A small group of secondary students also took part and rose to the challenge with enthusiasm. After a quick pause for lunch, work continued throughout the afternoon and by 3pm students and volunteers alike were exhausted! Boeing staff presented students with a certificate and a goody bag to acknowledge and thank them for being involved.

Steve Moir, BSCS headteacher, said:

“These kinds of events are a clear demonstration of the vision that everyone, whether you are a multinational company or a school child, can make a difference to the environment in which we live and operate every day. Students also developed their team building skills, social skills, problem solving and, of course, physical fitness.”

More: Boeing employees worldwide take part in events to mark the day »

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