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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.

More: "The job of improving a school for the pupils is never done"

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New college celebrates result of first Ofsted inspection

Posted on Monday 9th February 2015 at 11:22 pm by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College's WISE campus in Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Staff and students at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) are celebrating after receiving an overall ‘good’ status by Ofsted just two years after the new college was formed.

The college, one of the newest in the country, was formed by dissolution of Filton and Stroud Colleges and the incorporation of SGS College in February 2012.

SGS had its first Ofsted inspection last November and the report was published in January.

Ofsted judged that the college had ‘Outstanding’ Leadership and Management, Learner Support services, and Employability Programmes. There were further ‘Outstanding’ grades in Sport, Business, Performing and Visual Arts. The report also outlined that a significant and increasing proportion of teaching and learning is outstanding, and learners benefit from the College’s culture of high expectations and receive outstanding support in their studies.

In addition, the College was praised for its highly effective strategic vision and direction, which Ofsted concluded, ‘placed it at the heart of its local communities, to serve the best interests of learners’. Excellent partnerships with employers and local enterprise partnerships also received praise and were found to be highly productive for learners.

Principal and CEO, Kevin Hamblin, comments:

“SGS was established to provide a wider range of vocational and academic courses in our local communities, providing students with more choice, greater opportunities and a greater range of facilities from a larger, more efficient college. SGS College has a 15% rise in student numbers since 2012 whilst at the same time student success rates for learners aged 16-18 have consistently been in the top decile when compared with all the other similar colleges in the Country. When compared with all further education colleges in the South West, SGS College’s value-added performance ranked highest of all similar colleges for A Levels or Vocational programmes.”

“This doesn’t happen without a fantastic team effort by all staff at the College and it is a testament to their hard work and dedication that we have come so far is such a short period of time and I would like to publicly thank them.”

Photo: SGS College’s WISE campus, off New Road in Stoke Gifford.

Related link: Ofsted report page for SGS College

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Ofsted says Abbeywood School’s progress is “satisfactory”

Posted on Tuesday 12th June 2012 at 4:57 pm by SH (Editor)

Abbeywood Community School, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Ofsted inspectors have reported that Abbeywood Community School is making “satisfactory” progress in addressing specific areas of concern that were identified when the school was placed into ‘special measures’ at the end of last year.

Three inspectors visited the school on 15th/16th May and and their report was published today on the Ofsted website, although it had been made available to parents of children at the school before the half-term holiday.

Inspectors observed the school’s work, scrutinised documents and student progress tracking data and met with the Executive Headteacher, senior and middle leaders, teaching and non-teaching staff, students, the Chair of the Governing Body and Chair of the Resources Committee.

In addition, an inspector met with a representative of the local authority and an education consultant who provides support for the leadership of the school.

Writing in a letter sent home to parents, Executive Headteacher Dave Baker said:

“We knew that the inspection team would not acknowledge good progress until they see improved GCSE results this summer as evidence, so we were pleased to be told that progress was satisfactory in all aspects.”

“We were especially pleased that the lessons observed showed that 70% of teaching was good or better which is a significant improvement on last time and one which I hope you will find reassuring.”

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