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Bowsland Green Primary School

Bowsland Green Primary School
Ellicks Close
Bradley Stoke

phone: 01454 866766

headteacher: Mrs Clare Whitaker

school holidays: via South Gloucestershire council

297 pupils aged 4—10y mixed gender
315 pupils capacity: 94% full

145 boys 49%


155 girls 52%


Last updated: June 20, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
Open date
Sept. 1, 1995
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 362059, Northing: 182610
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.541, Longitude: -2.5485
Accepting pupils
4—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Feb. 12, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
South West › Filton and Bradley Stoke › Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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4 February 2015
Ms F Kitchen
Acting Headteacher
Bowsland Green Primary School
Ellicks Close
Bradley Stoke
BS32 0ES
Dear Ms Kitchen

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Bowsland Green
Primary School

Following my visit to your school on Wednesday 4 February 2015, I write on behalf

of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report

the inspection findings. Thank you for the help you gave me and for the time you
made available to discuss the actions you are taking to improve the school since the
most recent section 5 inspection and the first monitoring visit.
The visit was the second monitoring inspection since the school was judged to
require improvement following the section 5 inspection in February 2014. It was

carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.

Senior leaders, governors and the local authority are taking effective action to tackle
the areas requiring improvement identified at the section 5 inspection and the first
monitoring visit. The school should take further action to:

 speed up learning in those classes where teachers do not expect enough

effort from their pupils

 share the high quality teaching skills and levels of professionalism seen in

one of the mixed Year 3 and 4 classes, the Year 5 class and in the Year 6
class with those teachers who are developing their expertise

 make better use of the shared working spaces outside the classes in Years 1

to 6 so that pupils can extend their learning opportunities in a range of
different contexts.

Kings Orchard
One Queen Street
T 0300 123 1231
Text Phone: 0161 6188524
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Direct T 0117 311 5359
Email: reveal email: chri…


During the inspection, meetings were held with the acting headteacher, the deputy
headteacher and two governors. Informal discussions were held with staff and
pupils. Visits were made to all classes except a mixed Year 3 and 4 class who, in the
asbsence of a regular supply teacher, were being temporaily being taught by two
higher level teaching assistants.


Since my visit on 10 June 2014 there have been a number of staff changes. The
substantive headteacher did not return to school after the summer holidays and
retired at the end of October. An executive headteacher supported the school three
days a week from mid-September until the end of October. At the beginning of
November an experienced headteacher was seconded from another school in the
local authority until the end of this academic year. Three teachers joined the school
at the start of the academic year. The school is currently employing a number of
long-term temporary teachers covering for staff who have recently resigned or are
on sick leave. Shortly after the arrival of the acting headteacher, the class structure
for Years 5 and 6 was changed. There is now a Year 5 class, a Year 6 class and one
mixed class of Years 5 and 6. Additional governors have been recruited to support
the governance of the school. Governors are currently in the process of recruitment
for a new headteacher for September 2015.

Main findings

At the time of the first monitoring visit school leaders were asked to improve
provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage. By remodelling two small classrooms
into one large Reception area, teaching staff have created a space which is now fit
for purpose. Following the purchase of equipment more suitable for this age range,
children are now motivated in their learning and provided with more appropriate
challenge. Teaching staff plan activities which strongly support the development of
reading, writing, number and personal skills. Cosy book corners, exciting areas for
writing and the use of real money in everyday activities are ensuring that the
children are absorbed in their learning. The outdoor area has been transformed and
opportunities to work in the ‘mud kitchen’ and ‘mud pit’ are firm favourites with the
children, developing not only their communication, reading and writing skills but
extending their physical development. Leaders are fully aware that the outdoor area
still needs further development. Exciting plans to extend the area to provide even
more challenging opportunities are currently being considered.
During the previous visit it was also noted that the presentation of pupils’ work,
including their handwriting skills, required improvement. The handwriting policy now
provides clear guidance to both teachers and pupils. Your insistence on teachers
accepting nothing but the best quality work, is ensuring that the presentation of
pupils’ work is steadily improving. However, not all teachers expect enough effort
from their pupils and this slows down the speed of learning in some lessons. An
increase in the use of a ‘special license’ which gives pupils permission to write in ink
has been well-received by older pupils and has improved the quality of their
presentation. Following the reorganisation of Years 5 and 6, teachers now plan and
take responsibility for their own classes and have a greater knowledge of individual
pupil achievement. Older pupils report that they find the work more challenging now
and pupil progress is steadily improving.
Together with the substantive deputy headteacher, you have quickly established a
strong senior leadership team who are respected and valued by staff. Subject
leaders have been appointed and they are now held to account for the progress that
pupils make. You and your deputy headteacher have energised staff to engage with
the changes and this has improved the capacity for school development. Morale
amongst the staff is high and they demonstrate a willingness to improve their skills
and raise pupil achievement.
The external review of the governing body which took place in late June 2014
highlighted that in the past they had depended too heavily on the headteacher for
information about the school. Little evidence was found of the ways in which the
governors checked on the performance of the headteacher and examples of
challenging questions were not found in the minutes of their meetings. Since the
review there has been an impressive change in the way in which governors support
the school and ask challenging questions of the senior leaders. Governors have
identified the aspects of the school’s work they are best suited to and have linked
with individual teachers to find out more about specific subject areas. Governors are
delighted with the appointment of a new clerk to the governors which is enabling
them to make sure that minutes of meetings are accurately recorded.

Staff, pupils and governors comment on the ‘transformation’ of the school.

Classrooms, corridors and the shared learning spaces have been tidied up and
refurbished. Pupils’ work is celebrated and interesting artefacts such as models of
teeth and human skeletons make learning meaningful. However, the classrooms for
Years 1 to 6 remain cramped and not enough use is made of the shared areas to
support learning.
Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support
and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspections.

External support

Since my first visit the local authority has acted swiftly and decisively to support
school improvement. By arranging for your secondment as a highly experienced
headteacher, they have secured inspirational leadership which is being used to guide
and motivate staff. The support provided by the Early Years adviser from the local
authority has been instrumental in securing the positive changes which have been
made for the Reception children. Regular checks made by an external consultant
commissioned by the local authority are ensuring that the momentum of school
improvement is maintained. Local outstanding schools are providing high quality
coaching and training for teachers.

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body and the Director of

Children’s Services for South Gloucestershire.

Yours sincerely
Lorna Brackstone

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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