Weston primary rated ‘outstanding’

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 June 2015 | UPDATED: 15:28 24 June 2015

Bournville Primary School - whole school photo.

Bournville Primary School - whole school photo.

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A PRIMARY school has become the only one in Weston to be labelled as ‘outstanding’ and has been praised for its ‘excellent role models’.

An abundance of opportunities, having the best teachers available and a strong focus on pupils are just some reasons Bournville Primary School’s headteacher Adam Matthews cited for its success.

The school was inspected by education watchdog Ofsted at the end of May and the report has just been published – showing it is outstanding in all areas.

Mr Matthews said: “We are currently the only primary school in Weston with outstanding. It is lovely recognition.

“I think the report reflects the school as a team and it reflects that very well, but most importantly what it talks about is the children’s attitude to learning.”

The inspector highlighted the good use of pupil premium funding, money from the Government which is given to schools to support disadvantaged children.

The report says: “Disadvantaged pupils supported by the extra teaching and adult guidance provided through this funding make excellent progress.”

The school has used some of the money to provide trips to farms, the Seaquarium and parks across the town.

Mr Matthews said: “Pupil premium affords us £68,000 a year to help get the children out and into various places.

“Everything we have done is to maximise the opportunities for our children.”

The school is part of Weston Education Trust alongside Oldmixon, Milton Park, Walliscote and Windwhistle primary schools.

Mr Matthews said: “The trust benefits us because we are learning not just what works in the school but what works throughout the trust.”

The report also highlighted a reduction of ‘unacceptable behaviour’ in the school. It says: “In recent years, incidents have been reduced by more than two thirds and records show pupils have responded well to very effective adult support.

“A calm and extremely supportive community atmosphere pervades the school.”

The report also praised the school’s staff. Mr Matthews said: “We employ the best teachers we can employ.

“Our teachers are in charge of developing and learning, not our managers.”

The report says: “Teachers and teaching assistants present excellent role models and promote very encouraging and supportive relationships with pupils.

“The headteacher sustains high aspirations. He has moulded and leads a very skilled leadership team that fully shares and continues a strong drive to help all pupils achieve their full potential.”

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