Good marks for South Ward school

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 May 2012

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A SOUTH Ward primary head is ‘delighted’ at praise for his school in its latest inspection report.

Adam Matthews, headteacher of Bournville Primary School in Selworthy Road said the positive Osfted report was due to efforts made by teachers and pupils alike.

The report rated the primary as ‘good’ in all four areas, the second-highest rating possible.

It said: “It is a good school and a vibrant, happy community which cares for each pupil very well, so enabling them to become good learners.

“Those whose circumstances make them more vulnerable and those who have difficulty in engaging with learning at school are very well supported to improve their emotional awareness and behaviour.

“The headteacher and senior leadership team have inspirationally steered the school through major changes.”

The report also highlighted the progress of pupils’ learning as being a strength.

It said: “Achievement is good because, although attainment is below average, pupils make better-than-expected progress from their starting points.”

But it did state pupils’ cultural awareness is a weakness – a fact which Mr Matthews refutes.

It said: “Pupils’ knowledge of cultures represented in modern Britain and the global community is a weakness.”

Mr Matthews said: “I don’t think it is a weakness. I disagree with that judgement.

“Our community is not as diverse as some in the country, but we are widening links with schools out of our area.”

He pointed to links forged with schools in Chippenham and Birmingham as well as those in America and Kenya as evidence.

He added: “Since we amalgamated three and a half years ago the school has faced a fantastic challenge, not just the amalgamation but relocating to the new building has been an extra challenge.

“I am delighted that Ofsted have said we are a good school. It is down to the hard work of the staff, governors and children. That we are reflects the innovation and fantastic practice in the school”

North Somerset councillor for South Ward Ian Parker said: “Misguided people will often try to run down the Bournville.

“The whole community is very proud of what the school has achieved in giving people here the best start in life.

“The challenge is that they get the best start to adulthood too.”


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