Yate school continues to be judged as good and able to get even better

November 01 2016

CULVERHILL School in Yate continues to be assessed as good by Ofsted after it underwent a short inspection.

CULVERHILL School in Yate continues to be assessed as good by Ofsted after it underwent a short inspection.
The special school in Kelston Close has pupils aged from seven to 16 with complex learning difficulties and was judged to be good when the education watchdog conducted a full inspection four years ago.
Following the latest visit, inspector Catherine Leahy said: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school.”
She praised head teacher Nicki Jones for leading a “committed and strong staff team who share your vision to ensure that every pupil succeeds” and said she had driven improvement at a fast but appropriate rate.
Ms Leahy said: “You continually strive to continue to improve the school. Under your leadership the whole school community is ambitious and aspirational to improve the life chances of your pupils.
“As a result, pupils achieve well both in their academic and personal development. Staff build strong relationships with their pupils. Consequently, pupils feel safe and secure.
“Parents are positive about the work you do to build their children’s confidence and develop their independence and life skills.
“The school is a calm and welcoming learning environment where pupils are valued and their achievements recognised and celebrated.
“Consequently, pupils’ attitudes to learning improve significantly as they experience success and benefit from supportive friendships with their peers.”
Ms Leahy’s report said there was an accurate and in-depth understanding of the school’s strengths and further areas for improvement, with no complacency.
There was a focus on improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment to ensure all pupils achieved their potential and the school’s capacity for further improvement was strong.
She said pupils were well behaved and quickly developed a thirst for learning as a result of well-planned and interesting lessons.