Happy, friendly, welcoming and unique primary school impresses inspectors with yet another glowing rating 

By Jill Dando News

Ofsted inspectors say St Anne’s Church Academy is a happy and welcoming school and have again given it another Good rating.

In this latest report, Ofsted inspectors highlighted a whole host of excellent attributes including superb friendly and supportive relationships, and a brilliant ‘Learning Without Limits’ culture woven throughout everything.

And they praised the polite, respectful and exceptionally behaved pupils who are “wonderful ambassadors.”

In a comprehensive report they noted how the children love to learn, how they are put at the centre of everything the school does, and how wellbeing plays a huge part.

St Anne’s is unique in being a dual-site primary school with a 150-year-old building at Hewish, and a state-of-the-art new build at West Wick.

It also has the thriving and successful Little Learners Nursery on site. 

St Anne’s is part of the high-achieving Priory Learning Trust, connected to Priory and Worle secondary academies, and The King Alfred School Academy 11-18 school which also has one of Britain’s best Sixth Forms.

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Principal Emma Hardy-Smith said: “We are absolutely overjoyed with this report. Our pupils, staff, parents, carers and governors work so hard to make this school a wonderful place to learn.  

“The inspectors saw that we are a real family, with happy and thriving pupils who really do learn without limits. 

“Thank you to everyone who helps to make St Anne’s such a fabulous place.” 

Amid dozens of positive attributes, Ofsted’s report said that 

  • Staff know pupils and their families well. 
  • Adults care deeply about pupils and want the best for them. 
  • Staff are sensitive to pupils’ needs and form friendly and supportive relationships with them. 
  • Pupils feel safe because they trust adults to look after them.  
  • Pupils are inspired to have a love of reading, beginning as soon as they start.
  • Staff understand pupils’ needs and provide targeted teaching and pastoral support to aid learning and progress.

Emma added: “The fact that we are dual campus is quite unique and the ethos and culture of the school is incredibly special. 

“We talk about our St Anne’s ‘family’ all the time because that’s what it is.” 

Inspectors also noted that the “overwhelming majority of parents are very pleased with the school”.

Typical comments to inspectors included, ‘I could not be happier with the school,’ and ‘Our children thrive here.’

Ofsted added that: “The school is well led and managed by ambitious and dedicated leaders. Staff are motivated and hard-working. They are well supported by leaders in the school and The Priory Learning Trust.” 

They said that “pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities are well supported by knowledgeable leaders.” 

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They also highlighted the school’s wider support, including off-site trips and how the school’s Jill Dando News reporters develop their communication skills when they interview people, such as the Prime Minister and Fiona Bruce.

They said: “Pupils thoroughly enjoy activities such as sewing, cooking and gardening”, and relish taking on positions of responsibility when they join the school parliament or eco committee.

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