Ice creams all round as school celebrates its transformation

April 14 2016

GLENFROME Primary in Eastville is one of Bristol's healthiest schools – but it had good reason to allow its children (and teachers) an ice cream treat.

GLENFROME Primary in Eastville is one of Bristol's healthiest schools – but it had good reason to allow its children (and teachers) an ice cream treat.

GLENFROME Primary in Eastville is one of Bristol's healthiest schools – but it had good reason to allow its children (and teachers) an ice cream treat.
The school has earned its first rating of Good from the education watchdog Ofsted, with relationships between staff and pupils, and between pupils, said to be outstanding.
Glenfrome, which was judged to be inadequate in 2009, has been transformed with a new leadership team, a new building, and a focus on outdoor learning, making use of its six acres of grounds at the bottom of Purdown.
Head teacher, Inger O’Callaghan, said: “I am so proud of the children, the staff and all our parents for making this happen. We are a school with a clear vision, strong values, and a love of learning that permeates all we do. This inspection result is the result of continued hard work and dedication by the whole community we look forward to fulfilling our vision to be Outstanding by 2020.”
The inspectors, who visited Glenfrome in February, said all pupils, including those for whom English was not their first language, made good progress and achieved well during their time in the school.
They praised the quality of teaching and the welcoming learning atmosphere. Teachers and support staff were willing to “go the extra mile” to support children and their families, they said.
“Leaders are tireless in maintaining the confidence of parents and in working in partnership with them,” the report commented.
The Ofsted team noted that staff were very skilled at addressing pupils’ personal and emotional needs. Arrangements for keeping pupils safe were also described as strong.
Glenfrome is a multicultural school serving a wide catchment area including Stapleton, Fishponds, Easton, Eastville, Montpelier, Ashley Down, Horfield and Lockleaze.
“The whole school community is united in celebrating and making full use of the richness of the pupils’ cultural and religious backgrounds,” the report said.