PUPILS and staff of a primary school in Almondsbury are celebrating the new academic year with an “outstanding” Ofsted inspection.

Almondsbury Church of England Primary School was given the top mark across the board in the inspection, which took place on June 21, highlighting that teaching across the school was of a consistently high standards, and that staff “develop caring, supportive relationships with pupils”.

With outstanding grades in “effectiveness of leadership and management”, “quality of teaching, learning and assessment”, “personal development, behaviour and welfare”, “outcomes for pupils” and “early years provision”, the school has comfortably surpassed the “good” rating it received in 2014.

Head teacher Paul Smith said that he and his staff were delighted by the result, and were particularly pleased that pupils also received credit.

“We are all so proud of the staff and children. It is a privilege for me to be the head teacher of such an amazing school,” he said.

“Everyone works so hard to enable the children to achieve so well; as well as ensuring that pupils are cared for and leave Almondsbury as well rounded and successful individuals, who have a strong set of morals and values to take into later life.

“Everyone at the school should be extremely proud of this assessment, which highlighted the incredible staff that we have at Almondsbury.

“They have been rightly praised for their knowledge of our pupils’ needs and how well children with a range of additional needs are supported to do as well academically as everyone else.

“The inspectors also noted the impeccable behaviour of the children throughout the school, not only in lessons, but also at play.”

Praising the school for its result, South Gloucestershire Council’s cabinet member for schools, skills and employment, Cllr Toby Savage, said: “This really is an outstanding result for everyone at the school and what is very clear is that the whole school community works so well together.

“Rightly, the staff are proud of their work, but the children and their families can also be proud to be part of this school, which is doing great things for these young people.”

“It is always lovely to hear about success stories and thanks to the work of everyone at Almondsbury Primary, I am sure we will  hear plenty more success stories in the future as their pupils grow up and continue to thrive.”

The Ofsted report can be viewed online at www.ofsted.gov.uk