St Augustine’s celebrates inspection success

Published on: 01 Aug 2016

ST AUGUSTINE of Canterbury School in Downend has been upgraded to Good by Ofsted following its latest inspection.

The team that visited this summer said the Catholic primary in Boscombe Crescent had made significant and rapid improvements.

Inspectors rated the school as Good in all five areas: leadership and management, teaching learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, pupil outcomes and early years provision.

They praised head teacher Julian Clements. “He leads with a determination and belief that every pupil will succeed.  He is uncompromising in his determination for this school to be the best,” they said.

Ofsted found that the quality of teaching and learning had improved, because teachers now had the confidence to prepare lessons that excited and motivated children to want to learn.

They said pupils made better progress in reading, writing and mathematics.

The school’s core values , including curiosity, perseverance, respect, humility, courage, tolerance and honesty, were highlighted as a strong feature, rooted in all aspects of its work.

“Staff are positive role models so that pupils are highly respectful of staff and of each other. Pupils are polite, well mannered and caring towards one another,” the report said.

The wide range of enrichment activities for the 249 pupils was also praised.

To improve further, Ofsted said, the school should focus on the outcomes of different groups and provide greater challenge for the most able, as well as checking more precisely what pupils know and can do  in maths.

“The school’s capacity to further improve is good,” the report concluded.

In a letter to parents, Mr Clements thanked parents and carers for their “hard work and support over three testing years which has seen the school move from strength to strength” and said the school was already making further improvements on its journey towards being Outstanding.

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