Ofsted praise for ‘calm and caring’ Summerfield Primary School

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Report: Summerfield Primary School. Photo: Google

‘Friendly and welcoming’ Summerfield Primary School has a received a ‘good’ report from visiting Ofsted inspectors.

The school, in Intake Lane, Rodley, provides a ‘strong focus on making sure that pupils learn to read as soon as possible’ and the report says that leaders’ passion to provide pupils with an inspirational curriculum is being realised. 

“The atmosphere is calm and caring. Pupils enjoy school,” the report said. “They benefit from learning in a caring, safe environment. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are well supported by skilled staff.

“The curriculum is broad and ambitious. The school is aspirational for all pupils to be enthusiastic learners. However, some aspects of the curriculum are in the early stages of implementation. In mathematics, pupils do not get enough opportunities to practise their learning. The persistent absence of some pupils has a negative impact on their education.”

There is praise for the school’s early years provision, a structured and consistent approach to teaching phonics, staff morale is high and safeguarding is effective.

The school has been classed as ‘good’ in its previous inspection, so was not subjected to a full ‘graded’ inspection during last month’s visit. The report says the evidence gathered ‘suggests that the inspection grade might not be as high if a graded (section 5) inspection were carried out now’. The school’s next inspection will be a graded inspection.

The full report can be read in full here.

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