Bradway school given top marks in Ofsted report

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THE spiritual and moral development of pupils was singled out for praise in a school’s education inspection.

Bradway Primary was graded as ‘outstanding’ for its curriculum and ‘good’ in other categories in its latest Ofsted report.

Inspectors highlighted an ‘excellent contribution’ to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

They said it was exemplified by performances from youngsters and a choral group from Cuba when they visited.

Paul Stockley, headteacher at the Bradway Drive school. said: “We are really pleased with the results, particularly with getting an outstanding for our curriculum.

“The inspectors said in many schools they struggle to find a spiritual aspect but when they came here and saw the performances they were blown away.

“They sensed it was a happy and spiritual place.

“I think our success is down to having an aim of treating each other with respect and having a clear set of values.

“It’s having a curriculum that focuses not just on academic achievement but also spiritual and moral development. That seems to be going out of fashion with the current Government but it was so refreshing to hear that is a strength of our school.”

To improve the school needs to increase the proportion of outstanding teaching by challenging pupils and improving attainment in writing.

Mr Stockley, who was praised for leading the school when staff changed, added: “The school has two mottos, learning for enjoyment and everybody is good at something,”

See the full report at www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/107033.