School praised for outstanding leadership
A CONGRESBURY primary school has been praised by Ofsted inspectors who said it was "good" with "outstanding features".
Inspectors visited St Andrew's Primary, which has 236 pupils on roll, in December and said the leadership and management at the school was outstanding.
They added this leadership had led to improvements in many aspects of the school's work since the last inspection, particularly in teaching and pupils' achievement.
In their report, inspectors said pupils enjoyed learning about a wide range of subjects, and activities were well designed and stimulating.
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They added that pupils were keen to learn and therefore made good progress and disabled pupils and those with special educational needs achieved well.
Inspectors said this was due to the well-structured support strategies led by teachers and teaching assistants which helped ensure that these pupils learned successfully in lessons and in small groups.
Pupils from Romany, Gypsy and Irish Traveller heritage also made very good progress due to the school's successful engagement with this community and also the initiatives put in place to support individual pupils.
The inspectors also said teaching was good and in the best lessons teachers built on previous learning, made lessons interesting and had high expectations for pupils' progress. They added that the school worked well to engage parents and carers and involve them in their child's education and that parents and carers were very happy with the school.
Pupils were proud of their school, inspectors found, and behaviour was good and they were happy, and felt safe and well cared for. Inspectors also said the governing body successfully held the school to account and contributed well to school improvement.
The inspection report also highlighted areas where the school could improve further: increase the proportion of outstanding teaching by ensuring that all teachers' marking was of consistently high quality.
They also recommended that time was used well at the start of lessons so pupils quickly became involved in their learning and work was at the right level of difficulty throughout each lesson so that pupils made even better progress.
Headteacher Neil Tuttiett said: "I want to thank all of the governors, the staff, the local authority and not least the children and parents for their commitment and dedication and for securing one of the best Ofsted outcomes under the revised framework in North Somerset.
"We won't be resting on our laurels but will be working towards new targets to secure the grading of 'outstanding' across the board."
Chairman of governors Arthur Hacking added: "Although the school has undergone a major building project over the last two to three years, staff have stayed focused on the welfare and education of our children. For this we pass on our sincere thanks. This focus has been fully recognised and rewarded in this Ofsted report.
"We as governors with staff, parents and children will do all we can to continue this progress."