Yate primary school keeps good Ofsted rating

April 30 2018

STRONG leadership at St Mary’s Church of England Primary School in Yate has seen it maintain its rating of good from Ofsted.

Paul Williams, an inspector from the education watchdog, said headteacher Jon Bird had developed teachers’ skills well and given them leadership responsibilities which had brought out the best in them.

Pupils achieved well, making good progress throughout the school, and by the end of year six, the proportion who attained the standard expected of them in reading, writing and mathematics was higher than seen nationally. Their attendance was also good.

The visit by Mr Williams was the first short inspection carried out since the school was judged to be good in June 2014. 

In his letter to Mr Bird after the visit, he said: “At the previous inspection the school was asked to improve the quality of teaching, particularly of writing.

“By asking teachers to reflect on their work, and then successfully developing their skills, you have achieved this.

“Pupils’ progress in writing, compared to that of other pupils nationally, was above average last year.” 

Mr Williams also said pupils’ progress in reading had improved this year, with teachers ensuring that children, especially boys, had positive role models who encouraged them to read.

He said while resulting in boys reading more often, some did not read enough different types of books. 

The inspector also said the majority of pupils’ accuracy in spelling had improved and the teaching of maths now offered pupils more challenge.