Little Stoke Primary School’s rating as a ‘good’ school has been confirmed in a report produced by an Ofsted inspector who carried out a ‘short’ inspection on 22nd May 2018.
The visit was the first ‘short’ inspection carried out since the school was judged to be ‘good’ in January 2015.
Speaking of headteacher Scott Howes, the inspector writes in her report: “You lead the school with drive and ambition, ably supported by your deputy headteacher and a strong staff team who share your high expectations for all aspects of pupils’ learning and welfare. Since the previous inspection, you have further developed the design of the curriculum so that pupils extend their literacy and mathematical skills across other subjects.”
The reports adds that governors are well informed about the school’s performance and carry out their monitoring responsibilities diligently. They are said to “have an accurate understanding of the quality of the school’s work and what needs to improve further”.
Pupils at little Stoke are said to “thoroughly enjoy their learning and appreciate the school’s varied and interesting curriculum, both within and beyond the school day”.
Two specific areas identified for further improvement are the teaching of middle-ability pupils in reading and efforts to improve rates of attendance and reduce the number of pupils who regularly miss school.
Headteacher Scott Howes said:
“We are delighted that the most recent inspection has identified the excellent provision that all school staff make for pupils both academically and pastorally. The report captured the fact that pupils feel safe and well cared for and enjoy coming to school. It also noted that the significant support from parents and carers has been a key part in making Little Stoke Primary School a popular and expanding local school. As a team, we will continue to work hard to maintain this high quality provision for our pupils.”
Deputy head Anne Sargent said:
“At Little Stoke we are proud of the highly inclusive, caring hub which the whole team has worked so hard to build and develop over the last few years. The safe, happy and nurturing community we all provide gives children a place where they can begin their learning adventure, excel academically and grow into confident young people. Our recent Ofsted ‘good’ is testimony to this.”
Open Days for children starting primary school in September 2019 are planned for Wednesday 26th September and Wednesday 21st November. Please call the school on 01454 866522 for further information.
Photo: Staff are (l-r) Scott Howes (headteacher), Ruth Abrahams (business manager) and Anne Sargent (deputy head).
Related link: Ofsted reports for Little Stoke Primary School
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 38). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.