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Ofsted confirms Holy Trinity’s ‘good’ rating

Posted on Sunday 12th January 2020 at 9:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of teachers and pupils at Holy Trinity Primary School celebrating their recent 'good' grading by Ofsted.

Staff, governors and pupils at Bradley Stoke’s Holy Trinity (Church of England & Methodist) Primary School are celebrating after receiving a ‘good’ grading from Ofsted in an inspection which took place on 24th and 25th October. It was the first primary school in South Gloucestershire to have a short ‘Section 8’ inspection under Ofsted’s new framework, which came into force at the beginning of September 2019.

In her report, the Ofsted inspector says Holy Trinity is a “friendly and welcoming school,” where pupils are “kind and supportive of each other,” and have “positive attitudes to learning and want to do well.”

Parents were found to be positive about the school with the inspector noting how they “appreciate the high standards and pastoral support”. In the online ParentView survey, 96 percent of the 45 respondents said they would recommend the school to another parent.

On the quality of teaching, the report states: “Teachers plan exciting lessons that ignite pupils’ curiosity”, adding that “the teaching of reading in all year groups is well planned” and that “pupils learn to read well because the teaching of phonics is effective”.

The inspector observed that pupils use a wide range of resources to help them understand complex concepts in mathematics.

The report also notes that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) “receive tailored support to ensure that they can learn well”.

Janet Dickson who became the new headteacher at the school in September 2017, said:

“I am really pleased with the comments that the inspector made about the quality of the education that we offer to our children as it has always been our aim to ensure that our children receive a wide range of experiences in order to enable them to become happy and successful adults. Our broad, exciting curriculum and wide range of extra- curricular learning opportunities give children a fantastic opportunity. I also feel very privileged to work with such a talented, committed staff team and board of governors who always go the extra mile to make sure that we do the very best for all of the children at our school.”

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Disappointment at Stoke Lodge Ofsted verdict

Posted on Monday 11th March 2019 at 9:28 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the entrance to Stoke Lodge Primary School, in School Close.

Senior staff at the Olympus Academy Trust have expressed disappointment at the latest Ofsted report for Stoke Lodge Primary School, which has been given an overall grading of ‘requires improvement’ for the second time in just over two years.

Inspectors who visited the school in early January once again judged its Early Years provision to be ‘good’ but rated the other four standard areas of assessment to be in need of improvement.

At the time of the last assessment in September 2016, the school had just joined the Olympus Academy Trust and the headteacher at the time told parents he was confident that access to additional expertise and resources through the trust would allow the school to “fast-track areas identified for improvement”.

However, in his key findings, the inspector reports that leaders at the school “have not tackled issues identified for improvement at the previous inspection quickly enough”. As a result, pupils’ progress at the end of Year 6 has remained in the lowest 20 percent of schools nationally for English and mathematics.

The reports goes on to say that “middle leaders do not yet have the skills to improve teachers’ practice” and that the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in Key Stage 2 is “inconsistent”.

It adds: “Weak teaching of grammar, punctuation and spelling has led to gaps in pupils’ knowledge. This weakens progress in pupils’ written work.”

Communication with parents and carers is said to be in need of improvement and it is noted that a “large majority” of parents who responded to an online survey said they wouldn’t recommend the school to another parent.

Strengths identified by the inspector, in addition to the good Early Years provision, are the quality of teaching in Key Stage 1, which is leading to stronger outcomes for pupils, and the provision of a “broad and balanced” curriculum.

Pupils make particularly good progress in geography, history, art and religious education and the inspector noted evidence of improvements this year in both writing and mathematics.

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BSCS celebrates renewed ‘good’ Ofsted rating

Posted on Wednesday 25th July 2018 at 11:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of BSCS staff and students. Standing is Steve Moir (headteacher); seated is Sharon Clark (head of primary phase).

Staff, governors and students at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) are celebrating after receiving another positive report from Ofsted.

A team of five inspectors spent two days at the school in mid-May to carry out a ‘full’ inspection, the first since the school was judged to be ‘good’ in April 2013. Their conclusion, following what the headteacher describes as an “incredibly thorough and fair” inspection, is that BSCS retains its overall effectiveness rating of ‘good’.

In two of the six assessment categories, ‘effectiveness of leadership and management’ and ‘personal development, behaviour and welfare’, inspectors awarded the highest grading of ‘outstanding’. The other four categories were all rated ‘good’, including ‘early years provision’ which was being assessed for the first time since the school’s primary phase opened in September 2015.

Inspectors noted just two areas for improvement, both relating to “raising achievement further” – by focusing on progress made by students on academic courses in the sixth form and applying recently introduced developments in teaching and learning consistently across subjects.

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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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