Where children find sanctuary

A PRIMARY school in north Bristol for primary-aged children with special educational needs has been judged by Ofsted to remain a Good school. 

Inspectors visited North Star 82° in Henbury in September for their first visit since the former Woodstock School became an academy three years ago. Their report was published in November.

The school, part of North Star Academy Trust, has places for 77 pupils, all of whom have Education Health Care Plans and have social, emotional and mental health needs. 

The Ofsted report said staff were skilled at building strong, trusting relationships with children who had complex needs.

“Pupils find sanctuary, safety and success at North Star 82°… Everyone agrees the school is a good place to be,” the inspectors said. 

They praised the school for “continuously looking to improve” and for giving priority to reading. “Robust governance” was also highlighted.

Headteacher James Wookey said: “Overall, the inspection was a very positive snapshot which offers North Star 82° a clear pathway for continuous improvement in the coming terms.”

Kaye Palmer-Greene, CEO of North Star Academy Trust, adds: “I am thrilled with this report and am really pleased that the inspectors have recognised the hard work and dedication of the staff. The Ofsted ‘Good’ grading acknowledges our commitment towards our students, and the work that we do in developing their academic and social skills on a daily basis.

“I am extremely proud of everyone at North Star 82° for achieving the Ofsted judgement that we have worked so hard for, and fully deserve.”