Inspectors praise Frenchay primary

May 30 2019

A PRIMARY school has been praised for its improved performance and sense of community as it prepares to move to a new home.

Head teacher Katherine Marks and deputy head Michael Backett with pupils outside the school

Head teacher Katherine Marks and deputy head Michael Backett with pupils outside the school

Frenchay C of E Primary School has been judged to be a good school by education watchdog Ofsted, maintaining the rating it has held for the past eight years.
Inspector Nathan Kemp, who visited the school at Churchside, next to Frenchay Common, praised head teacher Katherine Marks for her “strong emphasis on the importance of community across the school” as she prepared pupils for the transition to a larger school.
The school is set to move from its cramped Victorian premises to a new home on the former Frenchay Hospital site in the next 18 months.
Mr Kemp said: “The school’s ‘koinonia’ approach is at the heart of the school. Koinonia, meaning ‘a gift jointly contributed’, captures how every pupil and member of staff contributes to the school.
“Parents who contributed to the online survey, Parent View, are in no doubt that pupils are safe and happy in school.”
Mr Kemp also highlighted the “steady and sustained improvements in writing” among pupils, whose progress by age 11 had gone from below to “significantly above” national averages over the past three years, and the “aspirational challenges” set in maths to ensure more pupils were working at the higher standard.
The inspector also praised the governors’ “clear and in-depth understanding of how well the school is performing” and their “innovative approach” which saw them taking individual responsibility for aspects of the school’s development plan.
Responding to the report, Mrs Marks said: “We are incredibly proud of our achievements. Our ethos, grounded in ‘koinonia’ (meaning ‘fellowship’ or ‘community’) is at the heart of what we do, creating the warmth in the school that the inspector felt strongly when he worked with us.
“Having such supportive parents and local community has also been invaluable.
“Maths has been a focus for us and it is great to hear such positive feedback from the inspectors, particularly for our maths leader and deputy head Mr Backett, who has been instrumental in the progress made. I am very proud of all the staff and children.
“We have so much to look forward to with the school expansion and feel we are now in a very good position to go from strength to strength.”