Inspectors’ rating rewards hard work

Bailiff Bridge Primary School Ofsted. Eleven-year-olds Alisha Pearmain, Mustafa Abrahem and Hannah Wilkinson.

Bailiff Bridge Primary School Ofsted. Eleven-year-olds Alisha Pearmain, Mustafa Abrahem and Hannah Wilkinson.

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Rigorous monitoring of teaching and learning by the headteacher and deputy head has ensured quality first teaching at Bailiffe Bridge Primary School.

Ofsted inspectors have rated the school as good with outstanding features in its inspection this March.

Head Helen Proctor said: “I have always known that Bailiffe Bridge School has had the potential to achieve this high standard and I am delighted that we have achieved this result under the new Ofsted framework, which is renowned for being particularly robust. All our hard work and determination to succeed has been well worth it.”

The inspector said that it was a happy school where children always come first. “Throughout the school pupils enjoy learning. They thrive on the opportunities provided, rising with enthusiasm to the challenges put before them.”

They recognised that “pupils’ behaviour is exemplary at all times” and for behaviour and safety overall, the school was awarded an outstanding judgement. The children told the inspectors that there was no bullying at Bailiffe and if any occurred, they had every confidence that staff would deal with it immediately.

It says the whole school team has worked really hard to ensure children get nothing but the best. There has been a relentless drive by senior leaders to improve all aspects of school life and this has paid real dividends. “The quality of teaching is very good overall and some is outstanding. This enables pupils to make good progress.”

“We have nurtured a pride in our school from children, parents, staff and governors. Morale is high and Bailiffe is a vibrant place to be,” said Miss Proctor. “As a result of this Ofsted outcome, the school has received lots of messages of congratulations from parents, former staff and the wider community.”