Glowing report for St Barnabas Primary School
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Inspectors visited the school in October and upgraded its overall rating from ‘satisfactory’ to ‘good’, while highlighting many examples of outstanding teaching practice.
The inspectors said that the school’s 210 pupils are making good progress, noting: “There have been considerable improvements in the progress they are making in reading and mathematics since the last inspection.”
They added: “Almost all lessons observed were at least good, with a number of examples of outstanding practice… Teaching in the Reception classes is outstanding.”
Welcoming the news, headteacher Richard Hanks said: “The whole school team is delighted at the report and its recognition of the hard work and commitment of all pupils, staff and governors.
“The numerous positive comments about progress, behaviour, leadership and the quality of teaching all reflect my belief that St Barnabas is a wonderful place to work and a great place for children to learn.
“I was particularly pleased that the provision in the Foundation stage was identified as outstanding. As a team, we have believed this for quite some time and know children have an excellent start to their education here at St Barnabas.”
Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s committee for Children and Young People Cllr Ian Blair said: “Congratulations to the staff and pupils at St Barnabas. This very positive Ofsted report is much deserved and highlights the excellent work carried out at the school in recent years. I am particularly pleased to see that so much of the teaching practice is considered outstanding and look forward to similar positive results in the future.”
Ofsted applies a judgement of ‘good’ where a school is effective in delivering outcomes that provide well for all its pupils’ needs. Pupils in ‘good’ rated schools are considered to be well prepared for the next stage of their education.
The report can be viewed online at www.ofsted.gov.uk
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