Stanbridge receives a 'thumbs up' from Ofsted

December 20 2017

STANBRIDGE Primary School in Downend ended 2017 on a high with an excellent report from the education watchdog Ofsted.

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STANBRIDGE Primary School in Downend ended 2017 on a high with an excellent report from the education watchdog Ofsted.

Inspector Paul Williams, who visited the school in November, said it had kept up its good quality of education since the last report in 2012.

In a letter to headteacher Faye Bertham, he praised her strong leadership and that of her team.

“You have systematically improved each area of the school’s work over the last five years,” he said. 

“The school is now a vibrant community with committed and well-motivated staff. You have high expectations of teachers, and you underpin this with support and enthusiasm. Many teachers and pupils comment that the school is a positive place to work and learn because you lead by example.”

Mr Williams said pupils were given many opportunities to take on responsibility, which made a real difference to school life. Children felt safe and well cared for, he said, and were adamant that the school was a welcoming place for all.

“Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school,” he added.

The inspector highlighted the range of curriculum opportunities for children, especially the chance to make films for ‘Stanbridge TV’.  He also noted the increased provision for the most able children, including ‘masterclasses’ in art, photography, cookery and other creative subjects. 

“The proportion of pupils going beyond the expected standards in key stages 1 and 2 is greater than that seen nationally.”

Efforts to improve attendance were acknowledged and the inspector said action was being taken to tackle dips in performance in phonics at Key Stage 1 and in maths at Key Stage 2, although more could be done.  Links could be developed with some parents to help reinforce learning at home, the report said.Miss Bertham said: “I am so proud of all we have achieved at Stanbridge since our last inspection in 2012. The inspector noted that we have systematically improved each area of the school’s work over the last five years. We have high expectations, balanced with support and enthusiasm, and this ensures we have a vibrant school community. Being head teacher of Stanbridge is a real privilege.”