Celebrations as school is upgraded

May 23 2022

Filton Avenue Primary School

Filton Avenue Primary School

FILTON Avenue Primary School is celebrating after being upgraded to Good by the education watchdog Ofsted.

The 644-pupil school was rated Good in all areas - quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, and early years provision - by a team of four inspectors who visited for two days in March.

Lead inspector Richard Lucas said in his report: “ Filton Avenue Primary School is a happy, caring and inclusive place for pupils to learn. The school’s values of collaboration, aspiration, respect and endeavour underpin the way in which pupils and staff treat each other. This brings out the best in everyone for the benefit of the school.” 

Other highlights from the report included:

• “Staff have high expectations for every pupil. Pupils work hard to rise to this challenge. They are eager to learn and enjoy lessons.”

• “Leaders have designed an engaging curriculum that puts the local community at its heart. There are many opportunities for pupils to extend their learning beyond the curriculum.”

• “Relationships between pupils and staff are strong. Pupils feel safe and are confident to speak to staff about any worries. Those who find managing their emotions more difficult get the support they need. Pupils say that behaviour is good in school.” 

The inspectors were impressed with the emphasis the school puts on reading.  "Staff encourage a love of reading through engaging story times and an abundance of books for pupils to read."

They also thought provision for maths, writing, history, music and science was strong.

To improve further, they said, the school should improve its practice on the teaching of phonics.

The Ofsted team said staff morale was high and the school was considerate of staff workload and wellbeing.

Inspectors also praised the leaders of Trust In Learning, of which Filton Avenue Primary is part. 

"Trust leaders share the school’s high expectations of what pupils can achieve. They are sharply focused on improving the quality of education. The trust knows the school’s strengths and what could be better. Trust leaders ensure that the curriculum offers exciting challenges for pupils."

Filton Avenue Primary was last inspected in 2018, when it was judged to require improvement.