Glowing Ofsted report for Symondsbury Primary School

Glowing Ofsted report for Symondsbury Primary School

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:28am 16th June 2020.

Symondsbury Primary School has been awarded a 'Good' rating by Ofsted.

The report highlights how "lucky" pupils feel to attend their school, the strong community spirit, supportive ethos and positive feedback from parents.

The school's leaders are described as "passionate about improving outcomes for all pupils" and the curriculum is praised for the way it promotes pupils' personal development.

An inspection was carried out in March just before the lockdown started. 

Head teacher Emma Roberts said:

"We are so pleased with the report by Ofsted which really reflects our aspirations for how we want our school to be - putting the children at the heart of everything we do, supporting them to do their best and to understand the difference that they can make to others. 

"We were absolutely overwhelmed at the comments that came flooding in from parents when the inspectors were here and we see this lovely report as a reflection of the efforts of everyone in our school family to get involved, to support the children and to really live out our school values."

Symondsbury Primary, Children working outdoors before lockdown
Symondsbury Primary, children working outdoors before lockdown

The report uses the new Ofsted Framework for inspection which moves to a more holistic view of pupil attainment and experience and reflects an upgrade from the school's last inspection in 2017.

The new report highlights small areas for improvement around developing specialist teacher knowledge to enhance curriculum planning but reflects that areas such as mathematics and reading demonstrate strong pupil progress with children's personal development being highlighted as an outstanding area of strength for the school. 

The ratings are:

  • The quality of education: Good
  • Behaviour and attitudes: Good
  • Personal development: Outstanding
  • Leadership and management: Good
  • Early years provision: Good

What about Safeguarding?

Ofsted found that safeguarding at the school is effective.

The report says:

"All safeguarding checks are in place to ensure adults working and volunteering at the school are safe to work with children.

"PSHE and computing lessons are used to teach pupils how to keep themselves safe, for example not sharing photos or passwords online and how to cross a road safely."

symondsbury primary Socially distanced pupils
Socially distanced pupils

Like many local schools Symondsbury has remained open for Key Worker children during the recent lockdown and opened its doors to Reception, Year one and Year six children on 1st June whilst providing a range of home learning and online materials for pupils not yet able to return.  

The school also organised its choir members to produce a song online together during lockdown and there have been regular videos made by staff to connect with children at home, as well as a weekly newsletter in which the pupils share their home learning experiences with each other.  

Emma Roberts said:

"If ever there was a time for the Symondsbury spirit, as captured in the Ofsted report, to come to the fore it has been during the last few challenging months.

"Our staff have been fantastic as they have been working hard through the current crisis to ensure that we remain connected to our children and that families can feel supported.  

"This is such a difficult time and it feels very strange to run the school in such a restricted way, but when we see some of the amazing pictures our children send to us of what they are doing at home, as well as seeing how well the children we do have in school with us are adapting to the new way of working, we are so very proud of them."