Out-of-school club improves to earn good rating from education watchdog

November 29 2015

AN out-of-school and holiday club in Chipping Sodbury has improved to secure an assessment of good from an Ofsted inspector.

AN out-of-school and holiday club in Chipping Sodbury has improved to secure an assessment of good from an Ofsted inspector.

The Den is based at St John’s Mead primary school and in term time is open as a breakfast club for nearly two hours in the morning and as an after-school club for nearly three hours in the afternoon.

In June it was graded as inadequate by the education watchdog as concerns were raised about children’s safety due to insufficient staff supervising them in a busy playground.

It said gates did not lock and the playground was open to adults other than those employed at the club.

But when inspector Anita McKelvey visited for a re-inspection nearly five months later, she found it had improved enough to be rated as good.

She said: “Managers have made significant improvements for safeguarding since the last inspection.

“All staff have attended training and know what to do in the event of concerns about children’s welfare. Staff know how to keep children very safe.”

She also praised good communication with the children and said staff were good role models.

She said: “Children are happy and enjoy their time at the club. Children form good relationships with staff.”

The Den, run by the Den Partnership, also operates as a holiday club during school breaks.