Chestnut Park Primary, the youngest in Futura Learning Partnership’s family of schools, has emerged from its first Ofsted inspection with a judgement of Outstanding in all areas.

Two inspectors visited the school in Yatton in February and gave it the top rating for its quality of education, leadership and management and early years provision as well as for pupils’ behaviour and attitudes and their personal development.

Their report on Chestnut Park, which opened in 2021 and has 76 pupils aged two to seven, is peppered with words such as exceptional, impressive, impeccable, exemplary, ambitious and knowledgeable.

“Pupils excel in every aspect of their education. Nurturing, warm relationships exist between staff and pupils. Pupils love coming to Chestnut Park Primary School,” the inspectors write.

The many strengths Ofsted highlight include:

  • The school is a purposeful, calm place to learn;
  • The precisely crafted curriculum meets pupils’ needs in every way;
  • Pupils excel in enrichment activities such as French, art, music and drama;
  • Parents appreciate the high-quality pastoral support and approachable staff;
  • Pupils with special educational needs make exceptional progress;
  • Safeguarding is effective.

The inspectors note that firm foundations for learning begin from the pre-school.

“From the moment children join the school, they benefit from a curriculum that is aspirational and highly effective,” the report says.

“Pupils across the school learn exceptionally well. They acquire an impressive depth of knowledge across all subjects. Pupils achieve exceptionally well in all areas.”

The inspectors praise the way children make a tangible difference, taking on leadership roles within the school and participating in community events that instil a sense of pride.

They also highlight how pupils are taught to be responsible, global citizens with a strong understanding of equality and diversity. “As a result, the school develops compassionate and responsible young citizens.”

Futura Learning Partnership’s contribution to the school’s success is recognised in the report.

“The trust and governors hold leaders to account effectively. They have a firm grasp of the school’s strengths and priorities for development. Together, the trust and governors ensure that staff are well looked after and their workload is considered. “Morale is buoyant across the dedicated staff team. As a result, pupils thrive at this exceptional school,” the report concludes.

Executive Headteacher Tamara Dexter comments: “We are thrilled with this report, which really captures the way our wonderful children and staff are growing a highly successful and aspirational school at the heart of a new community. It was a privilege to open the school and I am honoured to be working in unison with the Futura Learning Partnership to ensure we can deliver an exceptional education for all our pupils. We will build on this successful inspection as we welcome in more children and their families over the coming years.”

Futura Chief Executive Andrea Arlidge adds: “Congratulations to Tamara and the whole school community at Chestnut Park. This fantastic report is well deserved – as the inspectors say, the children’s exemplary behaviour and their impressive achievements are testament to the exceptional educational and pastoral provision at the school.”