Thumbs up for Elm Park Primary, a school where children 'love learning'

January 02 2020
Thumbs up for Elm Park Primary, a school where children 'love learning'

TEACHERS at a Winterbourne primary school have been praised by the education watchdog for their passion for nurturing pupils' talents.

Elm Park Primary School has retained its Ofsted rating of Good after a visit by an inspector, who said pupils "love learning because teachers make it fun".

Inspector Catherine Beeks said children at the school in Nicholls Lane were "polite and sociable" and wanted to do their best.

The school, which has 231 pupils and belongs to the Frome Valley Alliance, also received a good rating at its last inspection in January 2016.

Ms Beeks wrote in her report: “Elm Park is a happy and friendly school. Leaders and teachers share a passion for igniting pupils’ enthusiasm and nurturing their talents. The school’s values - ‘inspiring, enriching, achieving,’ are at the heart of its work.

Pupils persevere with their work because they want to do their best. Pupils are polite and sociable. They form strong friendships with their peers. Pupils behave well in and out of lessons. They know they are responsible for their actions and say sorry when they are in the wrong. Pupils say that bullying is not a problem.”

Deputy head Carol Bond has been the acting head teacher at Elm Park since June.

She said: “We are absolutely delighted that our incredible children have been praised throughout the report.

"Their behaviour for learning is exceptional and this was wonderful to read within the report.

"The school is a happy and vibrant place to learn and is a wonderful place to work. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my incredibly dedicated staffing team, remarkable governors, supportive parents and most importantly, our exceptional children.”

The inspector praised Mrs Bond for leading with "energy and enthusiasm" and said she had a supportive leadership team in the acting deputy head and infants' leader. The school, which has a lower than average number of pupils on free school meals or with special educational needs or disabilities, also gains support when needed from the council and Frome Valley Alliance.

Areas where the inspector said the school could improve were in consistently building on previous learning in history and science and to work closely with parents following concerns over the effect of staff changes on their children.

Elm Park Primary is due to move into a new architect-designed building, below, in September 2021, which will have facilities shared with the community. It will be built on the current staff car park and the existing building, which has become expensive to repair and maintain, will be demolished. Repairs have had to be carried out to keep the existing building functional until the move can take place.

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