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Afterschool club rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

Posted on Thursday 14th February 2019 at 9:37 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of staff and children at Play House Afterschool & Holiday Club celebrating their recent 'outstanding' Ofsted grading.

A Stoke Gifford afterschool and holiday care provider is celebrating after being awarded the highest possible grade of ‘outstanding’ following a recent Ofsted inspection.

The Play House, located next to St Michael’s Primary School on Ratcliffe Drive, impressed the Ofsted inspector during its first inspection since the facility opened in September 2016. It received the ‘outstanding’ grading in all three of the areas that were judged, with the report describing the Play House as a “highly stimulating and very well organised environment”.

The report praised the centre’s leadership, stating: “Experienced and well-qualified leaders have exceptional knowledge of the early years foundation stage requirements and are excellent role models to well-motivated staff. Highly focused professional development and incisive evaluation of the provision successfully drives improvement.”

Key findings of the report also included praise for the exemplary support for children’s well-being, excellent partnerships with the school to ensure activities compliment the delivery of the early years foundation stage and an incredible vigilance of children’s safety.

The report also complimented the centre on its quality of teaching, as well as the excellent behaviour of the children, stating: “[The] Staff’s positive interactions support children’s communication and language skills very well. There are regular opportunities for children to converse and staff are excellent at questioning children to consolidate their understanding. Staff interact exceptionally well, encouraging children to gain confidence in number and early calculation. Children test their ideas very well and solve emerging problems.”

“Children develop strong attachments to very approachable and friendly staff who show genuine interest in their well-being. This helps to build children’s self-esteem exceptionally well. Children understand routines that keep them safe and healthy extremely well.”

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Little Stoke Primary rated ‘good’ by Ofsted

Posted on Thursday 30th August 2018 at 6:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of staff and pupils at Little Stoke Primary School standing in front of a sign depicting the school logo.

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.”

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Abbeywood School rated ‘good’ but must face ‘full’ inspection next time

Posted on Monday 23rd April 2018 at 9:18 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of three students walking in front of the main entrance of Abbeywood Community School.

Ofsted inspectors who visited Stoke Gifford’s Abbeywood Community School at the end of February have confirmed the academy’s ‘good’ grading but at the same time identified priorities for improvement.

The ‘short’ inspection was the first carried out since the school was rated ‘good’ in October 2014, following its incorporation into the Olympus Academy Trust (OAT) on 1st January 2013.

Inspectors noted that the headteacher, Dr David Howe, who was appointed in January 2015, has successfully developed a culture of collaboration among staff and secured the confidence and support of the vast majority of parents. As a result, the school has grown in popularity and the number of pupils on roll is steadily rising.

The report points out that pupils’ progress fell in 2017, but acknowledges that support from the trust and other sources has been used to ensure that “the progress of most groups of pupils currently in the school is now better”.

Inspectors describe the school as “highly inclusive”, adding that it provides a “friendly, orderly environment”.

On the topic of safeguarding, the report states: “The school’s policies and procedures for keeping pupils safe are well organised and effective.”

“Pupils feel safe and well cared for in school. They are aware of how to keep themselves safe when using the internet.”

“Both pupils and parents say that any bullying that happens is dealt with quickly and effectively.”

Senior leaders at the school are praised for continually seeking improvements in teaching and learning, while governors are said to be knowledgeable and prepared to “challenge senior leaders robustly”.

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Little Stoke Primary rated ‘good’ by Ofsted

Posted on Saturday 7th March 2015 at 5:14 pm by SH (Editor)

Staff and pupils at Little Stoke Primary School.

Staff and pupils at a local primary school that was deemed ‘in need of improvement’ two years ago are celebrating after Ofsted rated it ‘good’ following its latest inspection in January.

Little Stoke Primary School was graded ‘good’ for each of the five key judgement themes of leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and early years provision.

The news was welcomed by headteacher Scott Howes, who said the school had been through a “really intense time of change” since the last inspection and had worked closely with the local authority and government inspectors to bring about the necessary improvements.

In a letter to parents, Mr Howes wrote:

“We are pleased to report that the inspectors recognised the significant improvements brought about by the hard working team of teachers, support staff, office staff, governors and leadership team. Ofsted has now graded Little Stoke Primary School as a ‘good’ school and has identified some excellent features.”

Inspectors spent two days meeting pupils, staff, governors and parents, as well as observing lessons and playtime sessions, analysing achievement data and looking at work in pupils’ books.

In their report, inspectors comment on the strength of the new governing body and acknowledge that all areas of improvement identified in the previous inspection have been successfully addressed.

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