CHILDREN and staff at a primary school in Thornbury are celebrating after being rated good again in an inspection from education regulator Ofsted.

Manorbrook Primary was handed the rating after an inspector visited the school earlier this year in February. 

The school along Park Road has enjoyed being rated good for 14 years, having previously been rated as good in a short inspection in September 2017.

Pupils were described by the inspector as “polite” and “kind” where “everyone treats each other with respect, trust and fairness”. 

The inspector said in her report that the school uses a “well planned and interesting curriculum” along with “skilful teaching” meaning that “pupils engage in their learning”. 

The inspector also stated that “leaders are ambitious for all pupils” where they want their pupils to have the “knowledge and skills they need to make the most of life”. 

She also revealed that several pupils described “how the school has helped their mental health and well-being”.

Headteacher Darren Stanley said: “We are delighted that the inspector appreciated all our efforts to give the children the best possible start to their education.

Gazette Series: Children enjoying new play equipment recently installed on the school's groundsChildren enjoying new play equipment recently installed on the school's grounds (Image: Manorbrook Primary)

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“Having seen the effort we have put into successfully developing the curriculum, the inspector identified how this good work should now continue into the remaining foundation subjects so the children can continue to build on previous learning.”

“The report also reflects how the children feel safe at school and how the curriculum also provides information and skills to keep safe.”

The inspector said that pupils with special educational needs and disabilities are “well supported” with most parents extremely positive about the quality of the school’s support. 

However a small number of parents had concerns about the timeliness of the school’s support.

The report reads: “Pupils at Manorbrook develop into well-rounded young people with respect for others and their views. 

“The curriculum gives them the skills they need to be successful in later life, and to stay healthy and keep themselves safe.

“Pupils enjoy learning new things and want to do well. Pupils have high expectations of their own behaviour.

“Low-level disruption is rare. If it does occur, staff address it effectively

“Leaders have not finished identifying the essential knowledge that pupils should learn in all subjects. 

“This means that in some subjects, it is harder for pupils to build the links in their understanding that help them remember their learning.”

You can read the full report here -