Staff and students celebrate after being judged by Ofsted as a 'Good' school.

The Meadows in Bitton is a happy and successful school – and that’s official!
Ofsted inspectors have rated the village primary as Good in all areas of educational provision.

The long-awaited judgement has been welcomed by Futura Learning Partnership, which took over the running of The Meadows after the school was placed in special measures in 2016.

Chief executive Andrea Arlidge said: “The Ofsted visit confirmed what families, staff and governors have known for some years – The Meadows is a lovely school where children are nurtured, relationships are strong and expectations for behaviour and learning are high.

“Congratulations to headteacher Joy Mounter and her team for creating the school this community deserves and continuing to strive for further success.”

Two inspectors visited the 156-pupil school for two days in May and judged it to be Good for quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and early years provision.
They reported: “Leaders have created a happy and united school community. There is a strong sense of teamwork and cooperation throughout the school.”

Other positive comments in the report included:

  • Leaders have high expectations of pupils’ work, attitudes and behaviour. Staff give pupils the help they need to succeed. Pupils work hard and are keen to do their best.
  • Pupils are happy and safe because everyone behaves well. Staff help them understand how to behave and to treat each other with respect.
  • Lessons are calm, positive and purposeful.
  • Pupils are well prepared socially and academically for secondary school.
  • The inspectors highlighted the priority given to reading and said that rich language and high-quality texts formed the basis of an engaging and ambitious curriculum. Maths was said to be skilfully taught.
  • The report noted that leaders worked hard to ensure pupils learn about race, culture and beliefs that are different from their own.
  • The inspectors also praised the wide range of experiences and personal development opportunities for children, including after-school clubs, visits and visitors.

Mrs Mounter said: “We are proud and pleased that Ofsted has recognised the qualities of our school: we know our families so well and we have created a culture of respect and positive behaviour that supports children in their learning and personal development.

“We are already working on the next steps suggested by the inspectors – completing the review of our academic and personal development provision – to ensure that children continue to thrive and learn even more successfully.

“My thanks go to our children, staff, families, governors, and Futura Learning Partnership for their support. Working together collaboratively and effectively benefits our whole community.”