Filton primary on the road to 'Outstanding'

October 05 2019
Filton primary on the road to 'Outstanding'

An inspector has praised a ‘welcoming and caring’ primary school for its ‘positive atmosphere and consistently high expectations’.

An inspector has praised a ‘welcoming and caring’ primary school for its ‘positive atmosphere and consistently high expectations’.
Education watchdog Ofsted visited Filton Hill Primary School in Filton in July for a one-day short inspection.
The inspector, Michael Merchant, said the school, which already had a good rating from its previous inspections in 2009 and 2013, had improved significantly overall.
Therefore, he recommended that the school’s next inspection should be a section 5 (two days) within the next two years as he thinks there is a chance that the school could be judged outstanding by then.
In 2018, pupils’ progress in writing and mathematics was significantly above average and put the school in the top 10% of schools in the country.  Early indications from the national tests in 2019 show that these standards have been exceeded.
Nearly all pupils in Year 2 are reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and maths and nearly 20% are working at greater depth.  The high proportion of disadvantaged pupils at the school now reach standards similar to, or higher then, those of their peers.
Mr Merchant said despite strong gains of recent years, the school shows no sign of complacency. 
He said: "The leaders of the school, including governors, have a good understanding of what the school does well and what needs to improve further.  The governors are far sighted and highly ambitious for the school. 
"There is a positive professional relationship between the governors, staff and school leaders, in which they provide the right support and challenge.
He said Filton Hill is a welcoming, caring school. 
"Staff make every effort to ensure that any obstacles to learning that are placed in the way of its pupils are overcome.
"There is a very positive atmosphere in the classrooms and teachers have consistently high expectations of pupils. 
"Pupils respond with enthusiasm and eagerness and most are happy learners, relishing all that the school has to offer them."
Mr Merchant also praised the school’s links with the community and said parents and carers speak highly of the school.
Kirsten Lemming, the headteacher, said: “As a school, we are very proud of the outcome of our recent inspection. 
"We are particularly pleased with the comments the inspector made about the significant improvements since our last ‘good’ inspection. 
"I feel the inspector has reflected the ethos of Filton Hill Primary in the letter; especially the fact that the pupils respond with enthusiasm and eagerness… relishing all that the school has to offer them’ and that he sees the school as a ‘welcoming and caring’  school alongside having consistently high expectations of the pupils. 
"We feel strongly that we encourage the children to be the best that can be and the report shows the staff strive to support the children in achieving this.”
The school joined the Olympus Academy Trust in September 2016. 
A trust spokesperson said: "The Trust has provided a strong strategic direction for the school and the leaders of the school have set Filton Hill on an ambitious path of improvement. 
"The school has recruited and nurtured a team of highly committed and effective teachers, who provide quality first teaching every day."
Dave Baker, CEO of the Olympus Academy Trust, said: “We are delighted for the Filton Hill community that the inspection was so positive.  It has recognised improvement since the school joined Olympus and I am delighted for the staff and pupils that their efforts have been recognised and rewarded.”