Ofsted gives good rating to Thornbury school where community is a 'happy family'
INSPECTORS from the education watchdog have described a Thornbury school's community as a "happy family".
Ofsted visited Christ the King Catholic Primary School, in Easton Hill Road, in May and the inspectors' report, which has just been published, found the school to be good in all areas.
The inspectors said: "Everyone is valued at Christ the King and the school community is a happy family.
"The school’s mission statement, based on ‘making a difference’, is woven through the life of the school.
"Teachers and leaders have high expectations for all pupils’ learning and behaviour, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
"Most pupils respond well to these expectations and are successful in their learning."
The two inspectors spent two days at the school, which has 188 pupils aged from four to 11, observing lessons, speaking to teachers and parents, as well as conducting surveys of pupils, parents and staff on school life.
They praised the curriculum, breakfast club and approach to sorting out rare instances of bullying, saying: "The playground is a harmonious space where all pupils play well together."
Teaching of reading, including phonics, and mathematics, where teachers had "strong" knowledge, was also highlighted.
The inspectors said: "Leaders have designed a broad and balanced curriculum which is ambitious for all pupils. This means pupils are well prepared for the next stage of learning.
"Across the school there is high ambition for all pupils, including those with SEND who access the same curriculum as their peers.
"Pupils are active, tolerant, respectful citizens because the personal development curriculum is well considered. This is further enhanced by the school values which stem from ‘love’."
The inspectors recommended that the school help some pupils develop their vocabulary to help them understand some concepts and some to persevere when they find their work difficult.
Head teacher Mary Mainwaring said: "I am so pleased with the findings of the report, which I believe are a testimony to the dedication of all the pupils, families and staff.
"We were all delighted that the inspector picked up on our culture of inclusivity, which is at the heart of our school ethos.
"Our aim is to give all pupils the best chance in life, and to create a safe, happy learning environment in which they can thrive.
"We have high expectations for every child, not just in terms of academic progress but also through personal and emotional development.
"We're particularly pleased that the opening paragraph of the report reflects the school's mission, which is to make a difference.
"We aim to ensure all pupils are entitled to the best education, regardless of background or ability."
Picture: Christ the King Catholic Primary School pupils at a Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebration party