Frome Vale Academy a ‘Good’ school - Ofsted
Published on: 01 Oct 2014
Frome Vale Academy in Downend has made history after receiving a rating of Good from the education watchdog Ofsted for the first time.
Inspectors who visited the school in July recognised the academy’s rapid and sustained progress and said it was well placed to improve further.
Their report praised the exceptional leadership of executive principal Mandy Milsom and associate principal Jan Saunders in bringing about significant change.
“The unrelenting focus on improving behaviour by the whole staff team means that the academy has undergone a transformation,” Ofsted said. “Pupils respond positively to clear and consistent routines. The calm atmosphere enables them to work hard and achieve well. Pupils have great pride in being a part of Frome Vale Academy.”
The inspectors said teaching was typically good and all staff were determined to continue improving their skills. This was having a direct impact on children’s progress and contributing to the impressive rise in attainment.
The team also highlighted the way that children felt cared for and valued. “Highly effective arrangements are in place to support pupils in this inclusive academy,” the report noted.
Ms Milsom said everyone at the school in Frenchay Road, Downend, which opened in September 2012 in place of the former Oldbury Court Primary School was determined to continue striving to provide an outstanding education for every child.
“It has been an amazing journey over the past few months. This is such a lovely school and our community has so much potential,” she said.
“The progress and attainment of our children at all Key Stages has been really good. Our combined Level 4+ Sats results rose by 46 percentage points to 68 this summer.
“All the staff at Frome Vale Academy are committed to providing a rich learning experience for the children so they leave fully prepared for the next stage of their education.”
Ms Milsom added: “We believe that every child needs to feel that they belong, that they matter, and that they are valued for their unique qualities. We strive to meet the needs of all the children in our care, with some having a personalised curriculum which meets their emotional and social needs.
“As the new National Curriculum starts this month, we are working hard to build a curriculum that focuses on developing the children’s basic skills alongside an enquiry-based approach to learning.
“We are fortunate to have wonderful grounds, including a nine-acre field, and have big plans to use our environment to help our children excel at sport, develop outdoor learning and discover more about our world.”
Frome Vale Academy is one of five primary schools in the Cabot Learning Federation and inspectors praised the support and guidance given to the academy by the federation.