School maintains good rating from OfstedSchool maintains good rating from Ofsted

October 27 2017

CROSSWAYS Junior School continues to provide a good quality of education, with high expectations set for its children.

CROSSWAYS Junior School continues to provide a good quality of education, with high expectations set for its children.

Ofsted inspector Steffi Penny said staff at the Thornbury school led by example as “excellent role models”.

She said Mark Toogood, executive headteacher of both the junior and infant schools within the Crossways federation, had established a strong lead.

In her report, she said: “Likewise, senior staff and teams of staff work seamlessly together to ensure the continuation of the good education provided.” 

Ms Penny visited the school to carry out the first short inspection since it was judged to be good in February 2014. 

She said: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.

“Work with the local cluster of schools enables staff to share best practice and arrange joint activities for staff and pupils.

“Training with local and internal specialists increases staff expertise, improving teaching and pupils’ learning.

“Through the school’s accurate self-evaluation, staff are aware of what the school does best - the promotion of pupils’ personal development and behaviour.

“They know that pupils’ progress in writing, having improved, needs to be sustained and continue to improve, notably for the most able.”

Ms Penny said safeguarding was effective and the governing body had a clear understanding of the school’s strengths and areas where improvements could be made.

Pupils across all year groups and in all subjects made good progress in extending and developing their writing skills and in general, the quality of pupils’ writing had caught up to meet the higher standards seen in their reading and mathematical work. 

She highlighted a considerable number of changes that enabled the most vulnerable pupils to do well in all aspects of their work and school life.

She also said the school had improved the provision of sporting activities and physical education. 

The school said: “We are all very proud of the judgements and comments that the inspector made and we believe it is an accurate reflection of the hard work of the children, staff and governors.”