Praise for school that 'sits at the heart of its community'

September 30 2021
Praise for school that 'sits at the heart of its community'

A "VIBRANT" Eastville primary school has been praised by the education watchdog.

An Ofsted inspector said Glenfrome Primary School "sits at the heart of its community", and paid tribute to its staff and "exceptionally" well-behaved pupils.

The school in Cottisford Road was one of the first in Bristol to receive a two-day visit from Ofsted after the coronavirus lockdown.

Lead inspector Kathy Maddocks, who visited just before the start of the summer holidays, said it had retained its rating as a 'good' school.

The report, published in September, said head teacher Inger O'Callaghan had maintained standards over the five years since the school's last full inspection, when it was also rated 'good', ensuring that the curriculum gave pupils a "breadth and depth of knowledge".

The inspector praised the organisation of learning in English, maths, science and personal, social, health and economic education, and said action was being taken to ensure other subjects such as history, geography and art, where COVID-19 had delayed curriculum planning, were reorganised.

The way that the school had quickly brought back "enrichment activities", including forest school and chess, after the lockdown was praised, as were activities to develop pupils' understanding of the world and "appreciation of British values".

Support for disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs or disabilities was also highlighted.

The inspector said: "Pupils enjoy attending this vibrant school, which sits at the heart of its community.

"They know that they are safe, and that staff consider their needs.

"Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the work of the leadership team and staff. They appreciated the clear communication that they received during the national lockdowns and the way that leaders invited many pupils into the school to continue their learning.

"Everyone has high expectations and relationships are positive. As a result, pupils behave exceptionally well."

The inspector said Glenfrome, which has 420 pupils aged four to 11, had "an ambitious and engaged workforce", with a governing body that provided an "appropriate balance of support and challenge to leaders".

Mrs O'Callaghan said: "We were delighted with the outcome of our most recent Ofsted inspection, which happened in the last week of the summer term.

"Although we were all exhausted after a challenging year, the staff were fantastic and showed  the inspector how their high expectations consistently get the very best from our children.

"We were especially pleased that the inspector recognised our high standards of attainment, caring ethos, and excellent relationships.

"We will continue to develop our curriculum so that children move through each stage of their education well prepared for what comes next."