Bridgwater school among best-rated in Somerset after Ofsted inspection

A BRIDGWATER school has been ranked as ‘Good’ – and outstanding in three categories – after an Ofsted inspection.

Somerset Bridge Primary School achieved the strongest Ofsted outcome of any local authority maintained primary school in the county after a visit from inspectors in March.

The report said: “Pupils flourish at Somerset Bridge Primary School. The school’s exceptional pastoral care helps them to feel safe and valued.

“As soon as they start in the early years, children and families feel that they belong to the school community.

“Pupils who have recently joined the school feel welcome and settle in quickly. These positive relationships set pupils up well for learning.”

It said the school’s “vision for excellence is visible in school life”.

“The academic curriculum is designed to give every pupil the knowledge they need to succeed in the future,” it went on.

“The wider curriculum for pupils’ personal development, is extensive. The school has thought carefully about its pupils’ local context and needs. This is particularly the case for those who are disadvantaged.

“The school’s offer broadens pupils’ experiences and aspirations, building cultural capital for all.”

It praised the school’s work with pupils with SEND, who “learn well”, because “their needs or barriers have been accurately identified”.

“Teachers then ensure that these pupils have the right support across the curriculum. The school works well with parents and external agencies to review pupils’ progress and targets to help them to reach their potential,” the report added.

Responding to the report, headteacher Kevin Bryant, said: “We are immensely proud of the positive outcomes highlighted in our recent Ofsted inspection.

“It affirms our ongoing commitment to providing exceptional education and support for all of our children, which is made possible through the dedication of our staff, the enthusiasm of our pupils, and the support of our parents.”

Amelia Walker, service director for education at Somerset Council, congratulated the school.

“At Somerset Council, we aim to give every child the best start in life, which means ensuring our education settings are meeting the needs of our young people,” she said.

“Congratulations to Somerset Bridge school on this fantastic achievement. To come so close to an Outstanding rating is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all the staff. Somerset Council looks forward to continuing its partnership with the school and celebrating future successes.”

Under the current Ofsted framework, there have previously only been eight Outstanding judgements awarded in the county – The Castle School, Enmore Church of England Primary School, Fiveways Special School, Huish Primary School, Kingfisher Primary School, Richard Huish College, Preston Primary School and Primrose Lane Primary School.

Fiveways Special School, in Yeovil, which is also overseen by Somerset Council, was awarded an Outstanding rating last year.

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