22nd Jul, 2019

Meadows First School celebrating after Ofsted inspectors graded it 'outstanding in all areas'

Tristan Harris 14th May, 2019 Updated: 14th May, 2019

STAFF and pupils from Meadows First School in Bromsgrove are celebrating after receiving ‘outstanding’ in all areas following their recent Ofsted inspection.

The inspectors praised the headteacher’s leadership as ‘inspirational’ and said with the knowledgeable and committed team of staff and governors the school offered an outstanding experience of education to all its pupils.

“Meadows First School is a truly inclusive school,” added the report.

It praised the nurture, care and support the pupils received and said the curriculum was rich, exciting and carefully planned around the school’s values of ‘caring, sharing and preparing for life’.

The support to students with special educational needs and disabilities was also highly graded and the school had a ‘strong safeguarding culture’.

Teachers had an excellent knowledge of their subjects and planned lessons well so all pupils were included.

Parents and carers spoke highly of all aspects of the school and the difference it had made to their children who were happy, safe and making excellent progress.

The early years provision was described as ‘exceptionally well led’ and the inspectors added the school promoted the pupils’ curiosity, knowledge and love of books which led them to read regularly and well.

Governors challenged and supported leaders and the headteacher had developed a cohesive and collaborative leadership team.

All staff benefit from high quality training and leaders had a detailed knowledge of pupils’ performance and plan carefully the extra support some pupils may need, knowing that additional support was needed to make sure a small number of disadvantaged pupils made even better progress.

The inspectors’ only improvement suggestion was for the school to continue to provide targeted support for the very small number of disadvantaged pupils at risk of not achieving age-related expectations.

Headteacher Sue Hewitt said she was thrilled and really proud the inspectors had recognised the school as outstanding.

“This is due to the dedication and hard work of all staff,” she added.

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