Primary’s delight at Ofsted rating

Published on: 15 Nov 2013

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Last month, Shield Road Primary was judged 'good' by Ofsted. In this month's ediiton, head teacher Jim Mepham explains how he and his team worked to acheive this rating

Shield Road Primary in Filton has been rated Good by Ofsted inspectors, with inspectors saying pupil progress and attainment has risen "sharply" in the past three years.

The judgement is an improvement on the previous rating of ‘satisfactory’ with the inspection carried out under the rules of Ofsted’s new, tougher framework.

In the four key areas - achievement, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety, and leadership and management - the school was judged to be good.

Among the highlights were:

Teaching promotes good learning;

High attainers receive challenging work;

Lessons are fun, according to pupils;

Pupils behave well in and out of lessons;

Bullying is unusual and the school deals with incidents "effectively";

There is very good support for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds;

The head, senior staff and governors work well together.

The inspectors said that to move to a rating of outstanding, teaching assistants need to be better utilised and attendance, while better than before, has room for improvement.

Head teacher Jim Mepham said the school’s success was down to a combination of addressing issues in teaching and learning, new appointments, work with governors and encouraging children to
be "happy, cheerful and courteous".

He said: "All lessons were judged good or better and
our attendance is now up to 94.4%.

"I am very pleased with this judgement, especially because the inspectors picked up on our high expectations and that there is a good environment for learning.

"What we do well is working with all groups of children and our parents are very supportive.

"We were one of the first schools judged unde the new Ofsted framework so it is very pleasing."

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