News release: Praise for achievements at Parson Street Primary

Parson Street Primary School has been judged as ‘good’ across all measures by government inspectors, Ofsted.

In the report inspectors praise the quality of teaching, progress made by pupils, especially those who are disadvantaged, and the positive atmosphere of the Bedminster 486-pupil school.

Highlights of the report include:

· Pupils take great pride in their work which is displayed around the school;

· Behaviour is good and children are polite and confident;

· Support from leadership to improve teaching ensures that disadvantaged pupils are not left behind and often make better than expected progress across all subjects;

· Teachers take into account pupils’ interests when planning topics leading to better motivation and standards;

· Participation in sport has been boosted by good use of funding;

· Pupils are well-prepared for modern life by the range of cultural and community links provided by the school.
Headteacher Mark Lacey said:

“This is a very pleasing judgement for the Parson Street School community. Inspectors recognised our high standards of teaching and marking alongside our care and drive to ensure that all leave the school having achieved their best, or better than expected.

“The new inspection framework is particularly challenging for schools and I’d like to thank the whole school community for making the school a success.

“As a school that is constantly challenging itself to reach even great heights, we will be working hard to ensure that we continue to challenging all of our pupils to reach even higher standards in their personal and academic development in the coming years.”

Inspectors also found that local collaboration through the Malago Learning Partnership meant that the school is good at evaluating its own strengths and weaknesses.

Chair of Governors Joe Thompson said:

“It is to the credit of the school staff, governors, parents and most importantly the pupils, that this is such a good report. There is so much to be proud of and this is a real step up from previous inspections.

”As a parent of children at Parson Street myself, it is also great to see that inspectors felt that pupils feel safe in school, they have good behaviour and are polite and confident.”

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Notes for Editors

1. A full copy of the report is available from the school or at www.ofsted.gov.uk

2. Parson Street Primary School is part of the Malago Learning Partnership - a collaboration between nine schools in south Bristol that strives to raise attainment and improve the life chances for all local children. The sharing includes the buying of outside services, professional development for staff, school improvement and joint events.
3. All schools in the partnership now have either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings.
4. The schools in the partnership are Bedminster Down School, Cheddar Grove Primary, Greenfield E-Act Academy, Headley Park Primary, Illminster Avenue E-Act Academy, Knowle DGE special school, Parson Street Primary School, St Peter’s C of E Primary and Victoria Park Primary School. Between them they employ more than 500 staff (including support staff) and educate approximately 4,000 children and young people.

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