Watchdog says Lyde Green school is good all round in first ever report

October 02 2018

LYDE Green Primary School is celebrating a ‘good’ rating after its first ever Ofsted inspection.

The academy school in Willowherb Road was visited by the education watchdog at the end of last term and its report has just been published.

Inspectors highlighted “high-quality teaching”, pupils’ good behaviour and progress, and the school’s “strong culture of reading”.

They rated the school ‘good’ in all areas of inspection - leadership, teaching quality, pupil behaviour and welfare, academic outcomes and early years provision - after observing classes, speaking to teachers, governors and pupils, assessing paperwork and taking account of the 63 responses from parents to an online questionnaire.

The school opened in 2015 and at the time of the inspection had 124 pupils in reception, Year 1 and Year 2. But with the oldest children now in Year 3 and a new reception intake in September, the school has now grown to 184 pupils. It is run by the Castle School Education Trust and started life on the site of one of the trust’s other schools, Downend School, before moving to its new home in 2016.

The inspectors said: “Leaders have a clear vision of how the school serves its community. They have been successful in making that vision a reality.

“The recently-appointed head teacher has set out clear expectations for teaching, learning and assessment practice in the school. Teachers rise to these expectations, so that pupils enjoy high-quality teaching.”

As well as praising how children listened in lessons and worked together, the inspectors said: “Pupils behave well around the school. The playground is a harmonious place, where pupils play together well. “They are polite and show good manners.”

Head teacher Mark Jackson said the school was “delighted” with the Ofsted report.

He said: “The report recognises the hard work and dedication of school staff, governors and CSET. As a result of this collaboration, Lyde Green is flourishing and providing a solidly good education for its pupils.

“I am particularly pleased that the Ofsted team recognised the importance we have placed on building a school where reading and a love of books is paramount. Our assessment results were recognised as very good, too, but it was also clear to the Ofsted team that we are about much more than tests and results.

“We are so excited about the future, as we grow.”