STAFF and pupils at a Yate primary are celebrating after being rated yet again as ‘good’ by Ofsted.

St Mary’s C of E Primary School received the second highest grade in its latest report from the education watchdog.

Following a visit in March, the school was praised for maintaining a good quality of education since its previous inspection in 2014.

Special mention was made of headteacher Jon Bird’s leadership.

The report commends Mr Bird, who took up the post in January 2015, for providing strong leadership, and leading with integrity and humility.

It goes on to say that he has brought out the best in the teachers and has forged excellent partnerships with parents.

The report said: “Pupils achieve well at this school. 

“Children in the early years thrive.

And: “By the end of Year 6, the proportion of pupils who attain the standard expected of them in reading, writing and mathematics is higher than seen nationally.”

Inspectors also found that the school has focused on the development of staff, which has strengthened the quality of learning.

They also praised attendance and pupils’ enjoyment of school:
“Pupils’ attendance is good, they enjoy coming to school.”

The inspector noted: “Almost without exception, the parents who contacted Ofsted through Parent View said that they would recommend this school to others.”

Headteacher Jon Bird said he was thrilled that the hard work of staff and pupils has been recognised.

“I am very appreciative of the support of parents and our partnership in working together for the best outcomes for our children,” he said.

Mr Bird said: “We now look forward to celebrating the school’s long history of providing quality education within Yate, with celebrations of the school’s 50th anniversary being held on June 28 this year.”