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Ofsted success for Baileys Court Primary

Posted on Saturday 24th February 2018 at 7:51 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of pupils and staff celebrating the school's recent 'good' report.

Staff and pupils at Baileys Court Primary School in Bradley Stoke are celebrating after receiving a  positive report from Ofsted.

Inspectors visited the school in December 2017 for a ‘short inspection’ and awarded an overall rating of ‘good’. This was the first inspection carried out since the school was judged to be ‘good’ in March 2013.

The report praised the school’s leadership and management, stating: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the previous inspection. The school’s action plan is precise and leaders, including the governing body, monitor each action to ensure that it is bringing about the necessary changes.”

It also noted that the areas for improvement identified at the last inspection have been addressed effectively.

Inspectors found that staff spoke very highly of the school, noting: “Staff are overwhelmingly positive about the school and feel proud to work there. They report that leaders are supportive and help them achieve their best. Consequently, teachers are highly motivated and respond positively to initiatives and well-planned professional development.”

The report also recognised praise from parents: “Parents especially appreciate the extra support and care given to those pupils who may struggle, with one parent reporting how well staff ‘make so much extra effort to help my child grow’.” Another parent stated: “I can’t recommend this school highly enough! My three children have been through the school. The teaching is and always has been excellent. My children have all thrived there.”

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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.

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‘Outstanding’ verdict for local pre-school

Posted on Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 10:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of staff and children celebrating their recent 'outstanding' verdict from Ofsted.

A Bradley Stoke pre-school has been awarded the highest possible grade of ‘outstanding’ following a recent Ofsted inspection.

The Mama Bear’s Pre-School at Baileys Court (located behind the Tesco Express store) impressed inspectors from the standards agency and received top rankings in all four judged categories.

The Bradley Stoke setting was the second within the family-run group to achieve the highest Ofsted grade within the space of seven days, following in the footsteps of Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-School on Wells Road, Hengrove.

Receiving praise for the effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare and outcomes for children; the settings are now celebrating their achievements.

There are 15 Mama Bear’s Day Nurseries across Bristol, providing early education and high quality care to children aged three months to five years.
Mama Bear’s owner Bev Driffield, who runs the group with husband Tony Driffield, said: “It is a fantastic achievement to have two of our nurseries awarded ‘outstanding’ gradings at the same time and goes to show how our commitment to care pays off across our settings.”

“It is a credit to our staff to achieve such positive comments from the inspectors and I’m extremely proud of them for continuing to provide the best care and for always looking to improve on what we do.”

“The inspector who assessed our Bradley Stoke Pre-School noted that our staff know the children, who are all highly motivated, extremely well and provide inspiring learning experiences as well as high behavioural expectations.”

More: Report notes excellent partnerships between staff and parents »

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Ofsted report sees Wheatfield step up a grade

Posted on Thursday 20th April 2017 at 10:13 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of pupils and headteacher at Wheatfield Primary School.

Wheatfield Primary School is celebrating the success of a recent Ofsted inspection which categorises the school as ‘good’ across all measures. Under the leadership of acting headteacher Lois Haydon, who took over the reins following the retirement of long-serving head Christine Dursley in December 2016, the hard work of the staff, pupils, parents and governors has been recognised.

The inspectors commented:

  • Pupils are well cared for throughout the school and parents comment positively about how confident they are in leaving their children in a “safe, happy, supportive and stimulating environment”.
  • Leaders and managers at all levels are driven in their actions. As a result, standards have improved in all aspects of the school’s work.
  • Teachers plan interesting and exciting lessons across a broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils talk enthusiastically about their learning, while teachers check pupils’ work carefully and ensure that any pupils who need to catch up are given the help they need.

In a letter to parents, Mrs Haydon said:

“We are extremely pleased with the outcomes and the positive comments made by the inspection team, and that we are now recognised as being ‘good’ in all areas.”

“We would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all of the members of our community – from teachers to governors, support staff, parents and especially the children. It was an incredible team effort over the course of the two days of the inspection and we were able to really show the school off in the best light possible – gaining the ‘good’ status that we believe we deserve.”

More: Inspectors expressed concern over attendance levels at the school »

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