Town school continues to please Ofsted

September 29 2017

A GOOD quality of education has been maintained at Manorbrook Primary School since it was last fully inspected in 2013.

A GOOD quality of education has been maintained at Manorbrook Primary School since it was last fully inspected in 2013.

Ofsted inspector Richard Lucas said the Thornbury school’s headteacher, Darren Stanley, who took up the post a year ago, had made an “accurate and honest” evaluation of its performance to identify action that would result in improvements.

Mr Lucas, who made a short inspection of Manorbrook, said: “These actions are successfully improving the quality of teaching and pupil outcomes.”

He said after a decline in performance in 2016 at key stages one and two, Mr Stanley had “immediately provided highly effective training for staff to develop their practice”.

Teachers were now more aware of the new, higher expectations of the national tests and staff provided good levels of challenge for pupils, leading to improved rates of progress. 

The inspector said: “Leaders, including governors, monitor pupils’ learning very effectively and support pupils who fall behind so they can catch up quickly. 

“Behaviour in and around school is very good and pupils are respectful and polite towards each other and towards adults.

“Pupils appreciate the range of additional activities at lunchtimes and extra sporting opportunities on offer after school. 

“Teaching challenges pupils to think hard and reflect on improving their work. As a result, pupils work hard and try their best.”

Mr Lucas said parents were overwhelmingly positive about the school’s work and appreciated the “extra mile” that staff went to for their children. 

His report highlighted the school’s high priority given to attendance and said procedures to follow up unexpected absences were clear and thorough. There was regular monitoring of persistent absence and the school was not afraid to tackle poor attendance.

Mr Lucas said: “Pupils like the rewards in place to celebrate good attendance. As a result of the school’s actions, absence rates are now declining for all groups of pupils.”