Outstanding! Inspector praises out of school club

October 04 2018

An out of school club used by more than 50 children from Fishponds and Downend has been rated outstanding by the education watchdog.

Ofsted inspectors visited Oldbury Court Out of School Clubs, based at Oldbury Court Youth Centre in Delabere Avenue, at the end of August and have just published their report.

Out of school clubs are assessed in three areas by Ofsted: effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare.  Oldbury Court was judged to be outstanding in all three areas.

The inspectors described the links between the club and the primary schools children attend as “excellent”, management as “outstanding” and relations between children and staff as “extremely positive”.

The report also praised the club’s “excellent safeguarding policies and procedures”, adding: “Staff place a very high emphasis on keeping children safe and secure at all times.”

Inspectors also praised the children at the club, saying they had a “clear sense of belonging” and enjoyed playing outdoors, both in organising team games like football and creating a sensory garden.  

The inspectors said: “The club is calm and the children's behaviour is excellent. Children fully understand the club rules as staff are consistently excellent role models, praising their efforts and achievements.

“Children display an excellent understanding of themselves and show deep respect and interest in people and cultures that have different ways of life to their own. This is preparing them well for their future in society.”

Oldbury Court Out Of School Clubs is a not-for-profit childcare charity, established in 1989. As well as the club at the youth centre, the charity operates at Chester Park Junior School in Fishponds and Christ Church Infants in Downend.

Sheila Phillips, manager of the setting, said “I am so proud of what we have achieved at our club. The entire staff team work tirelessly to ensure that we provide fun and exciting opportunities for children to grow and develop and it is lovely that we have been recognised for that”.