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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.”

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Bowsland Green praised by Ofsted inspectors

Posted on Thursday 15th December 2016 at 10:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Teachers and pupils at Bowsland Green Primary School, Bradley Stoke, recently rated 'good' by Ofsted.

Staff and pupils at a Bradley Stoke school which was deemed in need of improvement two years ago are celebrating a remarkable turnaround after Ofsted rated it ‘good’ with outstanding qualities.

Inspectors who visited Bowsland Green Primary School in early October concluded that it has been “transformed” by the inspirational leadership of the new headteacher, Faye Kitchen, who was seconded to the school in November 2014 and took on the role on a permanent basis in March 2015.

The headteacher’s style of leadership is described as being “very strong and clear”. It is exemplified by aspirational statements in common use at the school such as ‘Bowsland Brilliance’, ‘Team Bowsland’ or ‘no lids on kids’.

The glowing report also praises the behaviour of pupils at the school, which along with their personal development is rated ‘outstanding’.

Inspectors noted that pupils “feel very safe at the school and like the staff very much,” while “the school’s clear approach to shared values creates a highly supportive and nurturing atmosphere”.
Disadvantaged pupils receive a good level of support and they make rapid progress in all areas of their development, add the inspectors.

Both parents and staff speak very positively about how much the school has improved in the last two years.

Inspectors say that the progress of all groups of pupils is now “at least good” in all year groups, although the oldest pupils have not yet caught up to achieve the expected standards in some subjects, due to the effects of the legacy of weaker teaching.

On the teaching front, middle managers were found to “lead their areas of work very well” and the quality of teaching, learning and assessment was found to have improved since the last inspection.

The governing body is said to fulfil its responsibilities well, providing a good level of support and challenge to senior leaders and managing finances well.

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Another ‘good’ Ofsted for Holy Trinity Primary

Posted on Wednesday 16th March 2016 at 6:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Staff and pupils at Holy Trinity Primary School, Bradley Stoke celebrate their recent 'good' Ofsted report.

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.

Inspector: "Parents are tremendously supportive of the school" »

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BSCS fulfils expectations with ‘good’ Ofsted report

Posted on Monday 3rd June 2013 at 9:22 am by Nikki Hallur

Dave Baker, Executive Head at Bradley Stoke Community School.

Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) has been reviewed under a new Ofsted framework and received an overall rating of ‘good’ by the inspectors. The school scored better than it did in 2009, although the overall score given in 2009 was ‘outstanding’ because the assessment criteria were slightly different. We spoke to the Executive Head Teacher, Dave Baker, in order to get a better understanding of the new Ofsted evaluation.

Ofsted previously operated under 27 areas of evaluation, which has now been narrowed to just four – this reflects a big change in the way Ofsted carries out its ratings. A concern during the last assessment was over the dip in GCSE Maths results, but inspectors found that this was not an issue this time round as there has been “an improvement in Maths” due to changes in the leadership and teaching structure. The inspection has shown that there is “no inadequate teaching” in the school and the Head Teacher feels that generally parents are very happy, but the school nonetheless staged a Parents’ Consultation on 16th May in case there was any confusion over the new Ofsted report.

The school has also received a rating of ‘outstanding’ in its Leadership and Management. This is a promising sign not just for BSCS but also for Abbeywood Community School, which is now part of the same management structure. Dave Baker has said that this is a very positive analysis of the governance of the Academy Trust. His main concern now is to bring teaching up to ‘outstanding’ levels, which it is quite close to already. The inspectors have suggested that since the behaviour of students at the school has been rated as ‘outstanding’, it gives teachers the ability to take more risks with innovative teaching because they can afford to let students take more responsibility in the classroom.

The school’s reputation for good behaviour continues to impress, and during the Ofsted report, one of the inspectors mentioned that she had “carried out over 400 inspections and never seen such good behaviour”.

This article originally appeared in the June edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to all homes in Bradley Stoke.

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