CHILDREN and staff at a primary school in Chipping Sodbury are celebrating after being rated good in a recent inspection from education regulator Ofsted.

Raysfield Primary School was handed the rating after inspectors visited the school on June 20 and 21. 

The school on Finch Road, which teaches 411 pupils, received good ratings in all five categories, including education, behaviour, development, leadership, and early years provision.

In the report, the school was described by inspectors as “happy”, “ambitious” as well as “calm” and “orderly”.

Meanwhile, pupils were described by inspectors as “curious and keen to learn” where they feel “valued” by teachers. 

The report also praises Raysfield for providing opportunities for pupils to become “well-rounded young people”. 

Headteacher Claire Hill said: “This is a fantastic result for Raysfield Primary and the community we are honoured to serve.

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“As headteacher of this wonderful school, I am so incredibly proud of our pupils and staff, who are a dedicated team of skilled and committed professionals! 

“It was great to be recognised for our ambitious curriculum and our commitment to children’s happiness and well-being. 

“Team Raysfield are excited about our future and are looking forward to building on all of our successes to ensure our children continue to thrive and enjoy their primary education.” 

In addition, according to the report, staff listen to pupils in a “climate of respect and compassion”.

Leaders were also praised for prioritising reading. 

Meanwhile, inspectors stated that in maths, teachers "challenge students to apply their knowledge and vocabulary to solve problems."

A section of the report reads: “Reading is the central support to the curriculum. 

“From the beginning of Reception, children learn early sounds well and link them to the sounds that letters make.

“Teachers use assessment to check what pupils know and remember about the curriculum. 

“This is used well in early reading and mathematics. 

“However, in some subjects in the wider curriculum, leaders do not have a sufficiently detailed understanding of how well pupils are learning the curriculum.” 

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