Keynsham primary school rated 'good' by Ofsted

May 25 2022
Keynsham primary school rated 'good' by Ofsted

A KEYNSHAM primary school is celebrating after it achieved a ‘good’ rating in its first Ofsted report.

The inspector said: “Somerdale Educate Together is a place where leaders, teachers and pupils live and breathe the values of the school.

“It is an inclusive school where pupils feel safe and happy.

“Pupils say the best thing about the school is that ‘no-one is an outsider, and everyone is included’.”

The report adds: “Parents and carers agree the school is welcoming and caring. One parent, typical of many, stated that pupils ‘are made to feel safe and important’.

“Pupils know that their voice matters. They have many opportunities to contribute to school life, such as consulting with the chef on the school’s dinner menu. Carefully planned visits, visitors and themed days help bring learning to life. Pupils are encouraged to be confident and curious learners.”

As well as the overall rating, the school was judged to be ‘good’ in its quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, and early-years provision.

The report said staff promote a love of reading, with pupils having regular visits to the school library, and that leaders identify and support pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) well.

Two areas highlighted as needing improvement were: identifying key concepts to avoid gaps in some pupils’ knowledge; and ensuring staff establish what pupils already know to plan teaching that deepens that knowledge.

The school, which has 199 pupils on its roll, opened in 2017 next to the former Fry’s chocolate factory. It offers pupils an ethical curriculum alongside the National Curriculum, with pupils spending time discussing ethics, the environment and sustainability.

The school says families and staff have worked together to build a strong community that reflects their shared values and live by the principles of being equality based, co-educational, child-centred and democratically run.

Headteacher Chris Thomas-Unsworth said: “We are thrilled with our first Ofsted report and are really pleased that the inspectors recognised the hard work and progress we have made since the school opened in 2017.

“I would like to thank all the pupils, families, staff and governors for their continued support and dedication to the school.”

CEO Jo Bradshaw added: “It really is a testament to the wonderful staff and families in Somerdale ET that they have achieved such a great result despite the challenging times we have all faced throughout the last two years. We look forward to seeing them grow from strength to strength.”