THE Arches Community Primary School in Blacon is celebrating its recent success having undergone an investigation by two of Her Majesty’s Inspectors and one additional inspector.
The Ofsted report recognised the hard work and dedication of pupils, staff, governors and parents at the school and comes as a well-deserved appraisal of their efforts.
The inspection team reviewed many aspects of the school’s work observing eight lessons, part-lessons, assemblies and small-group intervention sessions in addition to holding meetings with parents and carers, pupils, governors, staff and some of the school’s partners.
At the time of the last inspection, the school was given a Notice to Improve as safeguarding procedures in the Early Years Foundation Stage did not meet statutory requirements.
The school has now been told that it no longer requires significant improvement and can be proud of the investigations recent findings that their pupils are achieving well and enjoying school immensely, this becoming evident when Year 2 pupils quickly organised themselves for the start of a literacy lesson.
All pupils were highly praised for being well motivated, rarely seen without a smile on their faces and only kind words to be said to those around them.
The primary school has also been praised for their consistently good teaching and positive progression of pupils.
Headteacher Craig Richardson has been given recognition for working relentlessly with governors, the governing body and staff to bring about improvements to the pupils achievements.
He said: “A good judgment is a fantastic achievement and the Ofsted team also recognised that the school is in a good place to move forward and get even better.”
The palpable sense of pride around the school was also commended, along with both parents and carers strongly agreeing that the school keeps their children safe and helps them to support their child’s learning.
Her Majesty’s Inspector Marguerite Murphy said to the school: “You are right to be proud of it and proud of your own part in its success.”