The quality of education children at Mary Elton Primary in Clevedon receive has been transformed, inspectors say.

Following a two-day visit in March, Ofsted has upgraded the school to Good in all areas.

The three inspectors said in their report that leaders and staff, with the support of Futura Learning Partnership, had worked hard to make sure pupils could learn well and make good progress.

They also praised the 373-pupil school’s work to develop children’s social skills and enrich their development.

“Mary Elton Primary School is a safe, friendly school where staff care deeply for the wellbeing of pupils,” the report said.

“The school has worked diligently and with urgency to improve the quality of education that pupils receive. Together with trust and school leaders, staff have transformed the curriculum and the effectiveness of teaching and learning.”

The inspectors were confident that current pupils, including most of those with special educational needs or disabilities, were learning well.

“The curriculum is typically well structured and supports pupils to build increasingly complex knowledge,” they said.

Ofsted was also impressed with the children’s kind and respectful behaviour and their close, nurturing relationships with staff.

The inspectors noted that staff were very positive about their work at the school. “They value the changes to the curriculum and the ongoing training provided by the trust to ensure that pupils learn well,” the report said.

Governance was said to be strong: “Governors and trust leaders provide both challenge and support in equal measure. Most parents are positive about the transformation of the school, but leaders have not yet fully communicated the impact of the changes to some.”

Overall, the inspectors rated Mary Elton Primary as Good for quality of education, early years provision, leadership and management and pupils’ behaviour and attitudes and their personal development. Last time the school was inspected, in March 2020, it was judged to Require Improvement.

Headteacher Tom Newell said: “I am incredibly proud of this report, which reflects the way everyone has worked together to build on our school’s strengths and develop our educational experiences.

“The inspectors could see how children thrive in our caring, inclusive, positive and aspirational school. Now that we have the Good rating our community deserves, we will strive to ensure the school lives up to it every single day.”

Andrea Arlidge, Chief Executive of Futura Learning Partnership, said: “Congratulations to the leaders, staff, governors, parents, children and families at Mary Elton – you have shown Ofsted what a happy and successful school you are building as part of the Futura family. I know you will go from strength to strength.”