Thornbury infant school continues to provide good education to pupils

May 30 2017

In her letter to Mr Toogood, she said he had appointed new members of the leadership team who had particular skills and experience to improve the quality of teaching and had taken on new teachers and a number of teaching assistants.

AN inspector from Ofsted said the good quality of education provided at Crossways Infant School in Thornbury had been maintained since its last full check four years ago.

Sheila Crew, from the education watchdog, completed the first short inspection of the school since it was judged to be good in June 2013.

She said executive head teacher Mark Toogood - who is also responsible for the neighbouring Crossways Junior School - had led the school through a period of considerable change since being appointed just after the 2013 assessment.

In her letter to Mr Toogood, she said he had appointed new members of the leadership team who had particular skills and experience to improve the quality of teaching and had taken on new teachers and a number of teaching assistants.

He had been well supported through the changes by school governors and had also successfully addressed most of the areas for improvement that had been previously identified.

Ms Crew said attainment in writing among pupils was now good overall, procedures for keeping pupils safe were strong and governors were knowledgeable.

Children in their early years also achieved well in reading, writing and maths.

In a letter to parents, Mr Toogood said: “We are all very proud of the judgements and comments that the inspector made.

“There are many strengths and areas that the school does well. There are also one or two areas where we can improve.

“This is as it should be. The staff and governors at Crossways Infant School are always looking at ways we can improve the provision at the school for the children, whether that is within a particular subject or the extra activities we can offer.

“We are aiming to improve further in the areas Ofsted highlighted as well as other areas we have identified and I know that this will only be possible with the continued hard work and co-operation between all members of the school community.”

As the school had already been graded as good, the short inspection only looked at particular areas so did not cover all aspects of school life.