Trinity Church School receives 'good' grading from Ofsted

Trinity Church School receives

Trinity Church School, incorporating Acorns Nursery, was judged to be ‘good’ in all aspects of school life by Ofsted following an inspection last month.

  • Staff at Trinity Church School have been praised by government inspectors for bringing the school out of ‘special measures’ and ‘transforming all aspects of the school’s work’.
  • The staff team have successfully overcome many challenges and ‘created an ethos where pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the centre of the school’s work’.
  • This is a school where ‘staff morale is high’ resulting from ‘excellent professional relationships’.
  • Pupils at all stages ‘demonstrate positive attitudes towards their learning’, and ‘take great pride in their learning….. and the presentation of their work’.
  • Classrooms are described ‘as calm havens of learning’, where ‘behaviour is good….and children cooperate with one another well and demonstrate respect for others.
  • The inspectors say that children get off to a good start in the Nursery and Reception class and praise leaders’ investment in developing the Early Years environment which is ‘vibrant and stimulating.’
  • Leaders are praised for successfully gaining the confidence of parents who are ‘overwhelmingly positive about their child’s start to school.’

This is a tremendous achievement for the school which went into ‘special measures’ in April 2016. The school became part of the Midsomer Norton Schools’ Partnership in June 2016. In the report the inspectors highlighted the Trust as being ‘pivotal in the success of the school’ and in securing the necessary improvement.

Mr Alun Williams CEO of the Midsomer Norton Schools’ Partnership said: I am delighted that the Partnership have been able to support the improvements at Trinity. The school has changed beyond all recognition and Michelle Parson, the staff, parents and of course the children, deserved to be recognised for their excellent work and dedication. Well done to everyone for making the school such a success.

Claire Hudson, Chair of Governors, adds “it has been a privilege to lead the newly formed Governing Body as the school developed over the last two years.  Uppermost in our minds has been ensuring that all pupils in the school are making progress towards readiness for their next educational phase and that the culture within the school, from the leadership to the children, has been a positive one in which everyone can flourish and achieve their potential. I am delighted that the diligence and enthusiasm of everyone connected with the school has been recognised with this judgement.”

Inspectors gave credit to Executive Headteacher Michelle Parsons for ‘her steely drive for improvement’ and her leadership team for their motivation and dedication in moving the school forwards and creating ‘a culture of high expectations’, ensuring that ‘there are no barriers to pupils’ success’. The whole staff team have been crucial in improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, which ‘has vastly improved’. They were also impressed with the ‘high quality support for pupils who have complex needs and have an education, health and care plan.’ and the rigorous safeguarding procedures which make pupils feel safe and secure.

Executive Headteacher Michelle Parsons said: “I’m delighted with this report from Ofsted which is a testament to the commitment and hard work of the staff, pupils, governors and leaders from the Trust. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their professionalism and dedication on a journey that was, at times, quite challenging. The report acknowledges the journey, especially in developing a culture of high expectations and the improvement in the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. After a great deal of hard work it is very rewarding to receive a ‘good’ grading from the Ofsted inspectors.

The whole school community is naturally delighted with the outcome and are looking forward to moving the school on to even bigger and better things. Visitors are always more than welcome to come and visit us. There is a great deal of potential here at Trinity and we look forward to working with the pupils, parents, governors, the Trust and community in the future.