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Schools celebrate OFSTED success

Two county schools are celebrating after receiving 'Good' ratings from Ofsted.

Cheltenham Bournside School was recognised as 'Good' in all areas. Inspectors assessed areas of quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and sixth form provision.

The report said: "Leaders put the welfare of pupils, as well as academic achievement, at the heart of everything they do."

It continued: "The headteacher has very high expectations of the school."

It said that pupils enjoy school and that there is a "strong sense of community for both staff and pupils".

The school's popular sixth form was praised for retaining a significant number of students from the main school and for preparing students well for sixth form study with "valuable reading material", "helpful transition units" and an "inclusive environment".

Steve Jefferies, headteacher, said, "This was a rigorous graded inspection, in which a large team of inspectors scrutinised all aspects of the school and therefore I am delighted that they have recognised the ambition, dedication and professionalism of our team."

Meanwhile, Ofsted has recognised the many improvements made at Waterwells Primary in Gloucester.

The school, which is part of the newly renamed Multi Academy Trust, Phoenix Learning Alliance, was previously judged 'Requires improvement' when it was inspected in January 2019.

At its most recent visit, on October 5 and 6, Ofsted recognised the many improvements the school has made and updated its judgement to 'Good' in overall effectiveness and all key areas.

Ofsted found school leaders have built a positive, inclusive culture at Waterwells and the school's core values to be kind, honest, responsible and respectful are central to learning and pupils' personal development. Pupils work hard and try their best, taking pride in their work. They behave well, which means learning is rarely disrupted.

Ofsted praised the school's carefully designed curriculum, noting that pupils progress through the curriculum knowing more, and remembering more.

Claire Rawlings, head of school, said: "I am delighted with the outcome of the inspection and that the hard work and dedication of our wonderful pupils and staff, with support from parents, governors and trustees, has been recognised by Ofsted.

"I am particularly pleased that inspectors recognised the positive, inclusive culture we have developed which means that all pupils feel safe, try their best and take pride in their work and our school."

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