Swindon primary school retains 'Good' rating after lates Ofsted visit
By Barrie Hudson - 24 July 2023
Mountford Manor Primary School in Bothwell Road has retained the Ofsted 'Good' rating it has held for almost a decade.
The inspectors said in their report: "Pupils enjoy attending Mountford Manor Primary School. They say it is a happy and safe place to learn.
"Pupils behave well. Leaders make sure pupils understand the rules. Pupils are well supervised at playtimes and adults make sure they play safely. Adults remind pupils of the expectations when pupils do not follow them."
According to the report, relationships between pupils and adults are positive, pupils know there are adults in school who they trust to help them.
Most pupils and parents say bullying is rare, and know if it did happen, leaders would deal with it. Pupils also know that discrimination is not acceptable and put this into practice by treating everyone as equals.
The report notes: "Pupils enjoy attending breakfast club and it helps them to make a calm and positive start to the school day. They also enjoy taking part in trips, including visits to the local library and the beach.
"They like participating in after school football and multisports clubs. They also benefit from attending mathematics and reading tutoring after school. Pupils are proud to be school councillors and to have introduced nonuniform Fridays. "Leaders have implemented a sequenced curriculum that identifies the knowledge and skills they want pupils to learn as they move through the school.
"Some parts of this curriculum are new. This means pupils cannot always build on what they have learned before. Most pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities learn as well as the rest of their class.
"Where pupils need more focused support, leaders put this in place and that helps them to be successful. Leaders support teachers well to develop their subject knowledge. This means the curriculum is taught successfully.
"Teachers check what pupils understand and quickly address any misconceptions. This also helps teachers to identify accurately what to teach next in order to build pupils’ knowledge.
"Leaders prioritise reading across the school. They expose pupils to a wide range of books. This helps pupils to understand diverse themes and genres."