Ofsted upgrades The Tynings to Good

June 22 2022

Tynings head teacher Lois Haydon with members of the school council and Reception class

Tynings head teacher Lois Haydon with members of the school council and Reception class

A "WARM and welcoming" Staple Hill school has been praised by the education watchdog.

Ofsted said The Tynings Primary School in Eastleigh Close is good in all areas – quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, and early years provision.

Ofsted visited the school at the end of April. Its previous visit was almost four years ago, in July 2018, when the regulator said the school needed to improve.

In their new report, a team of three inspectors praised the school leaders' "high expectations for pupils’ academic and personal development" and promotion of "inclusion and respect for diversity".

They said the school had "successfully prioritised" catching up on learning missed because of the pandemic.  

The report said: "Parents are happy they chose this school. A typical comment that captures many is ‘the school has an incredibly warm and welcoming atmosphere’.

"Good behaviour is a consistent feature of lessons.

"Pupils take a pride in their work. Pupils say that the vast majority of pupils follow the school’s expectations of  kindness and respect."

The report said the school's leadership team, under head teacher Lois Haydon, had revised the curriculum "to further strengthen pupils’ academic achievement".

They said children across the school learned "particularly well" in art and physical education but also praised the teaching of maths and reading, saying: "Pupils learn to read well and develop a love of reading. There is a real buzz in reading lessons."

The inspectors said teachers and pupils were "enthusiastic" about the new curriculum, although they said the planning of teaching essential knowledge and assessment needed to improve in some subjects.

The report said parents valued the "wide range of after-school activities" and pupils were proud of the school's sporting successes.

Inspectors also praised the school's involvement in the community, including ‘adopting’ a local park, and displaying pupils’ work in the library and nearby shops.

They said: "Pupils are learning to be good citizens.

"They understand the school’s values and how these relate to British values.

"Through the curriculum, teachers extend pupils’ understanding of different cultures. For example, pupils carried out their own 'St Paul’s Carnival'."

Describing the Tynings as "an inclusive school", the report highlighted work ensuring the well-being of pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, prioritising pupils’ mental health and supporting those with behaviour issues.

They said the school leaders had "developed a strong culture of safeguarding", with up-to-date training and "vigilant" checks and recording of concerns.

The inspectors said: "The staff team share a strong sense of purpose. They feel well supported by leaders professionally and personally."

Mrs Haydon said: "This is a result of all of the hard work and efforts of the staff, governors, parents and of course, the children.

"We are very proud to have achieved a good grading – we have been waiting to show off our fabulous school to Ofsted!"