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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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St Michael’s Primary School rated “good” by Ofsted

Posted on Saturday 7th April 2012 at 1:05 pm by SH (Editor)

St Michael's Primary School, Stoke Gifford, Bristol

St Michael’s Church of England Primary School in Stoke Gifford has been rated “good” by Ofsted inspectors, who visited the school for two days last month.

The team of four inspectors observed approximately ten hours of lessons at the 597-pupil school, which is located in Ratcliffe Drive.

The report begins:

“This is a good school. The consistent quality of its provision has maintained a safe, happy environment and above average attainment.”

Inspectors says that pupils make good progress across years 1 to 6, adding that strong support for individuals in danger of falling behind ensures good achievement for all groups of pupils.

Behaviour at the school is classified as “good”, which makes a significant contribution to the calm atmosphere in lessons and around the school.

Teaching is also rated “good” but inspectors warn that teachers sometimes talk for too long in lessons, slowing the pace of learning and reducing opportunities for pupils’ independence.

The latest report for St Michael’s confirms the “good” grade awarded in December 2008.

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Abbeywood reports “positive feedback” from Ofsted

Posted on Friday 2nd March 2012 at 2:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Buildings at Abbeywood Community School, Stoke Gifford, Bristol

The headteacher of Abbeywood Community School, recently placed into ‘special measures’ by Ofsted, says he has received “positive feedback” from an inspector who visited the school last week.

Writing in the latest edition of the school newsletter, Dave Baker reports:

“We had a visit from Ofsted on Tuesday last week; an inspector visited for the day in order to look at the plan for improvement which we have put together in conjunction with the local authority and to consider our actions since the inspection took place in December.

It is reassuring to be able to report that the visit went well and that the plan was deemed fit for purpose.”

The inspector who visited the school wrote in his report received this week:

“The school has acted with urgency and has put in place a series of appropriate actions and plans to address the areas for improvement identified by the inspection on 7‐8 December 2011.”

Mr Baker adds that the school is expecting to have a monitoring visit from Ofsted soon, which it is anticipated will be after Easter but could be before.

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