Praise for school where children 'shine'

September 24 2021
Praise for school where children 'shine'

AN inspector says children at a Coalpit Heath school are inspired to shine, and "love learning".

Ofsted's visit to the Manor Church of England Primary School at Roundways was the education watchdog's first two-day inspection of a South Gloucestershire school since before the coronavirus lockdown last year.

Head teacher Amanda Flanagan said she was proud of the inspection findings, which said the school continued to have a 'good' rating, and was pleased that her staff’s hard work and dedication to their roles was recognised and celebrated. 

Lead inspector Dale Burr praised the "dedicated team" of staff, who shared the leaders' "high aspirations".

He said: "Pupils learn well across many subjects.

"They say the school’s motto, 'Shine like stars in the sky', inspires them to be the best they can be.

"Staff and pupils agree that this is a happy and safe place to learn.

"The school’s values of friendship, courage and forgiveness are helping to create kind and compassionate young citizens.

"The vast majority of parents and carers praise the school’s work. Many parents commented on the ‘strong leadership’ and how their children ‘love learning’."

The report praised teaching in reading, maths and history at the school, which has 204 pupils aged from four to 11.

The inspector said children "develop a love of reading" from Reception onwards, and also praised safeguarding arrangements and "precise support" for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

He said: "Staff have high expectations of pupils."

The inspection happened during the last week of the academic year and as well as a visit, included online surveys filled out by 65 families and 19 members of staff.

Mrs Flanagan said: "After such a difficult period in education, we are so pleased that Ofsted saw first-hand why we are so proud of our school; we have a tremendous staff team who are wholeheartedly dedicated to improving outcomes and we have wonderful children who really do shine like stars in the sky.

"We are so incredibly proud of the children and how they were so eager to share their views and beliefs about their school and their learning with the inspector.

"The entire staff team work tirelessly every day and their dedication to the children in our school is unwavering. Their efforts, particularly over the last eighteen months, has resulted in securing such an incredibly positive report.”

The full school report can be found on the Ofsted website or at the school’s website themanorcofeprimary.org.uk.

Picture: Head teacher Amanda Flanagan and children at Manor Primary School.