Press release

Ofsted reports to North Somerset Council following inspections

Following inspections of 17 North Somerset schools between March and April 2014, Ofsted writes to North Somerset Council with its findings.

The focused inspections are part of a concerted programme of action by Ofsted to establish why children in some parts of the country have a much lower chance of attending a good or better school than their peers in other similar areas.

In North Somerset, Ofsted’s main concern centres on the comparatively low number of good or outstanding primary schools in the area.

17 schools were inspected during the focused inspection activity. These included 14 primary schools, 2 junior schools and one infant school.

During the inspections, Ofsted also gathered information on the use, quality and impact of North Somerset Council’s support for school improvement by asking additional key questions of headteachers and governors.

Of the 17 schools inspected, 11 schools were judged to be good at their last inspection and 6 were graded satisfactory/ requires improvement.

Following the focused inspection activity the schools’ performance has improved where:

  • 2 were judged outstanding
  • 12 judged good and
  • 3 judged requires improvement

Bradley Simmons, Ofsted’s South West Regional Director said:

The outcome of the focused inspections presents an encouraging picture. I am pleased to see that the number of good and outstanding schools in North Somereset are on the rise.

The improvement is due to the hard work of teachers, school leaders and the council’s effective school improvement support of its primary schools. All have played a part in contributing to the positive inspection outcomes.

However, inspections revealed some common areas for improvement including a stronger focus on most able pupils and ensuring that marking helps pupils to improve the quality of their work.

The letter sent to the local authority has been published on North Somerset’s page on Ofsted’s reports website.

  1. The letter to North Somerset Council can be found online.
  2. Schools inspected in the focused inspections
URN School
109099 Windwhistle Primary School
109074 Portishead Primary School
109101 Winscombe Primary School
109183 Backwell Church of England Junior School
109090 Banwell Primary School
109240 Burrington CofE VA Primary School
109108 Golden Valley Primary School
134830 St Georges VA Church Primary School
109103 Locking Primary School
109219 Christ Church CofE Primary School
109189 Dundry Church of England Primary School
109238 St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
109082 Grove Junior School
109088 Hannah More Infant School
109095 Uphill Primary School
109120 Walliscote Primary
109215 Churchill CofE Primary
  1. On 17 January 2013, Ofsted announced the first wave of focused school inspections across local authority areas, where children are being denied the standard of education they deserve. The press release is available online.
  2. Local authority areas were selected for the focused school inspection programme on the basis of the relative proportion of children attending good or better primary schools, as set out in the last Ofsted Annual Report, and Ofsted data on the proportion of children attending good or better secondary schools, as well as any relevant inspection evidence gathered during the autumn 2012 term. These are standard section 5 inspections, which were scheduled to take place this academic year and include all types of schools – although the majority will be primary schools.
  3. Ofsted’s Annual Report is online.

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