GALLERY: Friday Bridge Primary School judged as good in all areas in glowing Ofsted report

10:00 11 July 2014

Friday Bridge primary school good Ofsted. The primary school has been praised for its quality of teaching, the behaviour of pupils, the leadership of the head teacher and senior staff and the ambition of the governing body in a glowing Ofsted report. Picture: Steve Williams.

Friday Bridge primary school good Ofsted. The primary school has been praised for its quality of teaching, the behaviour of pupils, the leadership of the head teacher and senior staff and the ambition of the governing body in a glowing Ofsted report. Picture: Steve Williams.

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A primary school has been praised for its quality of teaching, the behaviour of pupils, the leadership of the head teacher and senior staff and the ambition of the governing body in a glowing Ofsted report.

Friday Bridge Primary School was judged as ‘good’ across all areas by Government inspector Andrew Read, who said progress made by reception children was particularly strong.

He said: “The quality of teaching seen during the inspection shows it is consistently good, particularly in reading and mathematics.

“The teaching of the youngest pupils in the school is particularly strong, characterised by a strong emphasis on identifying areas for development for each child, and using these to plan and deliver well-tailored tasks and activities.”

Mr Read also praised the teaching of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs.

Pupils in turn were highlighted for their good behaviour and attitudes to work.

Mr Read said: “Behaviour is good because it is well managed by teachers. Pupils display good attitudes to their work and a pride in their books. Pupils work very well together, collaborating to support each other’s learning.

“The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding. The school has rigorous safeguarding procedures which go well beyond the minimum required by the law.

“Adult-pupil relationships are excellent and serve to reinforce a strong sense of community.”

Head teacher Jayne Williams, her leadership team and the school’s “highly ambitious” governing body impressed the inspector.

He said: “The head teacher, ably supported by a strong senior leadership team, sets high aspirations for the outcomes achieved by pupils, regardless of their starting point or circumstances.

“Feedback given in the staff survey shows that morale is high and teachers are proud to work in the school.”

The report did find, however, that progress pupils make in writing is not as strong as that made in reading or mathematics because pupils do not do enough writing.

Head teacher Jayne Williams said: “The OfSTED inspection framework introduced in September 2012 considerably raised national expectations, so we are particularly delighted that our many strengths have been recognised, acknowledged and reported.

“Work on further developing English and mathematical skills across the curriculum has already begun.

“Meanwhile, all children, staff, parents and governors who work in partnership and with shared commitment at our wonderful school should celebrate and feel rightly proud of this report.”

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