Yate primary school is an 'exciting place to learn', says Ofsted

November 26 2019
Yate primary school is an 'exciting place to learn', says Ofsted

A YATE primary school is celebrating after inspectors said it was good with outstanding features – just two years after being told to improve.

Leaders at Abbotswood Primary School say they are thrilled and proud of the new rating.

Education watchdog Ofsted visited the school, in Kelston Close, in October. Its report said Abbotswood, which was previously told it ‘required improvement’, was now good.

Ofsted examined the school in five areas: quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, and early years provision. The report said it was good in all areas except personal development, which was rated 'outstanding'.

They said the school was "an exciting place to learn", with "a wealth of interesting experiences".

The school currently has 291 pupils and an above-average number of disadvantaged children. The number of children with special educational needs and disabilities is broadly in line with the national average.

Lead inspector Catherine Beeks said: "Leaders and teachers share a passion for making sure that all pupils have the best possible education.

"Pupils are encouraged to realise that making mistakes is an important part of learning. This helps them to persevere when learning gets tricky. Pupils try their best, because they are keen to make their teachers proud."

Executive head teacher Rob Cockle said: “We were thrilled with the overall judgement of Good with many Outstanding features and especially pleased with the Outstanding judgement for personal development.

"This report is a validation of the incredible hard work and professionalism of all the staff, the hard work and behaviour of our students and the support of our parents and carers."

Head of school Sarah Willoughby Smith said: “We’re so proud of our incredible journey over these past two years.”

In a letter to parents the leaders said: “We are very pleased that Ofsted also agreed with our school improvement priorities and shows how far we have come in such a short space of time.

"Each year the Ofsted inspection seems to get tougher and more forensic, and this new framework that came out in September seems to be the hardest yet.”

The Ofsted inspection team advised that in order to improve, leaders should further develop checks to make sure the curriculum is well planned in all subjects, and they should work on improving attendance for a minority of pupils who are frequently absent.


Picture: Abbotswood Primary School chair of governors Ken Thomas with pupils from the school.