Inspector praises welcoming and caring school
AN inspector has praised a “welcoming, caring” infant school for its high-quality education and positive atmosphere.
Education watchdog Ofsted visited Bromley Heath Infant School in Quaker’s Road in June for a one-day “short inspection”.
Inspector Michael Merchant said the school, which already had a good rating from its previous inspection in 2015, had shown “marked improvement”. He recommended that the next Ofsted inspection should be a longer one, at which the school has the chance to be upgraded to the top rating of outstanding.
Mr Merchant said head teacher Tina Long led the school with “determination and passion”, supported by governors who “provide the right balance of support and challenge”.
He said pupils’ attainment by the end of Year 2 had “improved significantly”, with nearly all of them reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, and more than half working at greater depth in reading and maths.
The inspector said disadvantaged pupils at the school, which has 179 children aged four to seven on its roll, now reached “similar, or higher, standards to their peers”.
He said: “Bromley Heath Infants is a welcoming, caring school. Staff make every effort to ensure that any obstacles to learning that are placed in the way of its pupils are overcome.
“There is a very positive atmosphere in classrooms and teachers have consistently high expectations of pupils”
Mr Merchant also praised the school’s links with the community, and said parents spoke highly of the school and would recommend it to others.
Mrs Long said: “As a school, we are very proud of the result of our recent short Ofsted inspection. We are particularly pleased with the comments the inspector made about the significant improvement since our last ‘good’ inspection, both in Key Stage 1 and that we have maintained our high quality education in Early Years.
“I feel the inspector reflects the ethos of Bromley Heath Infant School in the letter; especially the fact that the ‘pupils respond with enthusiasm and eagerness...relishing all that the school has to offer them’ and that he sees the school as a ‘welcoming and caring school’ alongside having consistently high expectations of the pupils.
“We feel strongly that we encourage the children to be ‘the best they can be’ and the report shows that the staff strive to support the children in achieving this.”