School celebrates Good rating from Ofsted

Stoke Park Primary School in Lockleaze has been graded Good in all areas by the education watchdog Ofsted.
The 237-pupil school was inspected for two days in October and was judged to be Good for quality of education, leadership and management, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, and early years provision. Safeguarding was also said to be effective.

“The quality of education that pupils now receive is much stronger than is evident in the most recent published outcomes,” the Ofsted report said.

The two inspectors commented on how the school is aspirational for all and as a result pupils are eager to demonstrate the school’s values of ‘be kind, be proud, strive for success’. The high expectations for behaviour and the calm atmosphere across the school were recognised.

“Relationships are respectful and positive … Pupils are kind and caring towards each other.”
Parents and carers were said to be “effusive” about the support and care the school provides and the enrichment offer for their children. Inspectors praised the work carried out to develop a ‘passport’ which enables the children to experience a range of enrichment opportunities as they move through the school.
Ofsted highlighted the “ambitious and broad curriculum” but said more needed to be done to embed some subjects. Expectations of pupils’ presentation of their work should also be raised.

The school joined Cathedral Schools Trust (CST) in 2019 and shares a site in Brangwyn Grove with the trust secondary Trinity Academy. The inspectors said Stoke Park teachers appreciated working with others from across the trust.

Headteacher Alison Lambert said: “We are so proud of our school community and the fact that inspectors noted our journey of improvement.”

Jack Lacey, Cathedral Schools Trust’s director of primary, said: “This is a fantastic report which rightly celebrates the excellent work going on at the school.”