Children, families and staff celebrate after superb Ofsted inspection gives clean sweep of Good ratings

By Jill Dando News

Children, families and staff are celebrating after a superb Ofsted inspection gave a clean sweep of Good ratings.

Castle Batch Primary School Academy (CBPSA) in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset has enjoyed an impressive clean sweep of Good ratings with an overall Good judgement.

The North Worle school impressed inspectors for its quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, and its early years provision.

In this latest report, Inspectors hailed the school’s caring, inclusive ethos quoting the ‘strong relationships between pupils and staff’. 

They also noted that pupils ‘feel happy and safe in school’ and that leaders and teachers have ‘high expectations’ of pupils. 

“This is a superb Ofsted report and to say we are delighted is a huge understatement.”

Sally Taylor, Principal

They added that ‘Pupils have positive attitudes to their learning and behave well.’

The school has been part of The Priory Learning Trust since April 2018, which also has nearby schools Priory Community School Academy and Worle Community School Academy.

Principal Sally Taylor said: “This is a superb Ofsted report and to say we are delighted is a huge understatement.


“The staff and governors have always been committed to maintaining the good standards at CBPSA. 

“Our staff continued to focus on improvement throughout lock down and beyond, ensuring that the children and their learning are at the very heart of everything we do and say.”

Among a raft of impressive praise, Ofsted said:

  • Pupils say that bullying is not an issue. If they have a problem, they know what to do and are confident staff would deal with it. 
  • Parents speak positively about the school and how well it supports pupils.
  • Pupil voice matters
  • Leaders plan opportunities for pupils to make a difference to the school and feel like responsible citizens. 
  • Leaders worked with pupils to plan changes to how activities are organised at playtimes. 
  • Leaders give pupils positive role models to inspire them. 

Sally added: “Thank you to the pupils, their families and support network, our staff, Governors and the entire community of The Priory Learning Trust. Everyone has played a part in helping this excellent achievement.”

Ofsted also praised the ambitious curriculum, noting that subject leaders are “passionate about their subjects” and check how well their subjects are taught. 

They wrote that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, including those in the resource base, are well supported. 

A new state-of-the-art building for Little Learners for 2 to 4 year olds will be completed over the summer to further enhance the CBPSA community.

The nursery will open for the first time on Monday 5th September and will open 7.30am – 6.00pm all year round.

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