Praise from Ofsted for “harmonious” Bilston CofE Primary

July 23, 2019

A Good-rated Bilston school is a "harmonious place" which is determined to prepare its pupils well for modern life, says Ofsted.

 

Inspectors visited Bilston Church of England Primary School last month, and found that headteacher Gary Gentle and his leadership team had "maintained the good quality of education in the school".

 

Describing Bilston CofE Primary as a "harmonious place", inspectors say that pupils enjoy going to school and feel respected. Pupils "show mature attitudes when discussing their feelings and speak articulately about the values of tolerance and equality", while their conduct and attitudes to learning is "very positive".

 

Mr Gentle has led the school "purposefully and with determination", and with the "high quality support" of the City of Wolverhampton Council has developed "a cohesive and influential team of senior and middle leaders". Its governors are ambitious for their school, have an accurate understanding of its priorities and hold leaders to account increasingly well for the progress that all pupils make.

 

Pupils "enjoy learning", and the school is "determined to prepare pupils well for life in the modern world by ensuring that the curriculum and activities are well suited to their interests and capabilities".

 

Standards have also risen in the "stimulating environment" of early years, and the proportion of pupils reaching the expected standard for reading and writing has improved considerably in recent years.

 

Parents are "very positive" about Bilston CofE Primary, telling inspectors how "happy their children were, and how well teachers support them". Safeguarding at the school is effective, with an established culture of safeguarding and secure and robust procedures in place.

 

Pupils, parents and staff all agree that pupils feel safe, with staff maintaining "high levels of supervision to protect pupils' safety and wellbeing". Attendance at the school has improved significantly as a result of the school working effectively with families to reduce the numbers of absences.

 

Mr Gentle said: "We are delighted with Ofsted’s findings. Our school provides an inspirational learning environment for children to learn and we are aspirational for all our pupils.

 

“I would like to thank our staff team for their tireless work in creating the very best opportunities for our children to succeed."

 

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "This is another very positive inspection report for Bilston Church of England Primary School which is clearly supporting its children well.

 

"I am particularly pleased to see that the school has worked closely with the council's School Improvement Team to develop a strong group of senior and middle leaders, which are so important for a successful school."

 

The inspection on 11 June was the first since it was found to be good in May 2015.

 

To find out more about education in Wolverhampton, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/education.

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