Education watchdog, Ofsted has been busy this month with inspectors publishing eight reports in the first week of March.
Thirteen other reports have been published on primary and secondary schools across Bristol in 2023 with the majority of those scoring a Good rating while two received Inadequate. The latest batch of reports covers primary schools, childcare establishments and a special school, New Fosseway School. Again, the majority received Good ratings while two managed to achieve Outstanding scores and one was ruled as requiring improvements.
Ofsted’s rating system is made up of four rankings, ‘Outstanding’ is the top rating a school can receive, ‘good’ is second, ‘requires improvement’ is the third and ‘inadequate’ is the worst.
Here is every Ofsted grade handed to schools in Bristol so far in March:
1. Bromley Heath Infant School, Downend
Bromley Heath Infant School was rated Outstanding by Ofsted on March 3 following a visit on January 17 and 18. The inspector’s report concluded: “Bromley Heath’s motto ‘be the best you can be’ is visible in every aspect of school life. Pupils learn exceptionally well from the moment they start school and consistently rise to the high expectations that adults have of them."
2. Little Acres Pre School, Bradley Stoke
Little Acers Pre School was rated Outstanding by Ofsted on March 7 following a visit on February 3. The inspector’s report noted: “Children come into this happy, nurturing pre-school full of enthusiasm. They settle quickly and, after self-registering, they excitedly go off to play with their friends. They have very strong attachments to the staff and greet them with warmth, eagerly telling them their news”
3. Honey Tots Day Nursery, Stokes Croft
Honey Tots Day Nursery was rated Requires Improvement by Ofsted on March 3 following a visit on January 31. The inspector’s report concluded: “Children have positive relationships with one another and they play together well. As children arrive at the nursery they are greeted by welcoming and friendly staff. However, weaknesses in the key-person system mean that staff do not always fully meet the individual needs of some of the newest children. This means these children do not always settle quickly.”
4. Wansdyke Primary School, Whitchurch
Wansdyke Primary School was rated Good by Ofsted on March 6 following a visit on January 18. The inspector’s report concluded: “Pupils enjoy learning at this school. They feel well looked after and safe. Leaders are ambitious for pupils. They have high expectations of them all. Staff encourage pupils to be physically and mentally fit and healthy. Pupils relish opportunities to support and improve the school as play leaders, members of young minds and in the garden of hope."