Good rating for Chipping Sodbury infant school

May 30 2017

RAYSFIELD Infants’ School in Chipping Sodbury has been given a rating of good by inspectors from Ofsted, which last examined the school seven-and-a-half years ago.

RAYSFIELD Infants’ School in Chipping Sodbury has been given a rating of good by inspectors from Ofsted, which last examined the school seven-and-a-half years ago.

Although going down from an assessment of outstanding given in 2009, the inspection report said steps had been taken to improve.

Ofsted also said one key area - the personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils - was outstanding, with all other areas ranked good.

The school became a federation with Raysfield Junior School in 2015 and they share an executive head teacher, Alison Wood.

Tonwen Empson, who led the inspection team, said: “This is a good school. The executive head teacher has developed a strong staff team that constantly look to ‘learn, enjoy, achieve and discover together’.

“She is highly ambitious for pupils. Following some lower results in 2016, strategies are in place to ensure that outcomes rapidly improve. 

“The school is highly inclusive. Pupils, no matter what barriers they may face, have the support and resources they need to thrive. 

“Governors are forward thinking and committed to secure successful futures for pupils. They have worked tirelessly to establish a federation with the neighbouring junior school.”

The report said parents were happy with what the school provided and pupils enjoyed their learning across a range of subjects due to a wide, interesting curriculum.

The quality of teaching was consistently good but it said pupils’ mistakes in lessons were sometimes not noticed and not corrected, so children continued to make those errors in their work.

Ofsted also said the school had a strong sense of community, pupils were confident and respectful and their attendance was higher than the national average.

The report said: “Following some lower outcomes in year two in 2016, senior and subject leaders analysed the weaknesses and quickly put in place some improvements to teaching and learning in order that pupils are better able to meet the raised expectations of the new national curriculum.

“The improvements to mathematics, in particular, can be seen in lessons and in pupils’ books.”

The school said in a newsletter: “Ofsted is confident in the leadership of the school and its ability to target the right areas with success.”