Ofsted's high praise for Parkwall

April 08 2022

OFSTED has said a Cadbury Heath school could be upgraded from Good to Outstanding at its next inspection.

The regulator visited Parkwall primary school for the first time in six years. In that time, a new head of school and a new executive headteacher had been taken on.

Ofsted inspector Paul Walker wrote in a report: “There is enough evidence of improved performance to suggest that the school could be judged Outstanding if we were to carry out a [full] inspection now.

“Leaders have been successful in their aspiration to make the school the centre of the community.

“One parent commented that the staff’s ‘attention to each pupil goes above and beyond.’ Many parents shared this view.”

The school was praised for low amounts of bullying, encouraging pupils to be ambitious and high standards in maths and English.

Mr Walker wrote: “Staff and pupils develop very positive relationships, which helps pupils understand how to behave appropriately.

“Staff feel valued by and supported by leaders. They talk positively about working in the school.

“There is a wide range of opportunities available to the pupils, including trips and visits. Leaders ensure that pupils are productive members of the local and wider community.”

Head of school Gary Risdale said: “We are delighted that the hard work has paid off.

“We really hope that local people are proud to read of their community's achievements.”

The full inspection should take place within two years.

The report can be found at https://files.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/50175828