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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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‘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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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.

More: Comments from headteacher and chair of governors »

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