Ofsted lavish praise on 'outstanding' school where children 'flourish'

Chestnut Park Primary School was rated "Outstanding" in all categories.
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An "exceptional" school where children love attending has been lauded by Ofsted. Chestnut Park Primary School in Yatton was rated "Outstanding" in all categories: quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, and early years provision.

The inspectors said: "Pupils flourish at this exceptional school. Pupils live up to the school’s high expectations.

"Pupils excel in every aspect of their education. Nurturing, warm relationships exist between staff and pupils. Pupils love coming to Chestnut Park Primary School."

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The report continued: "The school values of honesty, empathy, appreciation, respect and trust empower pupils to care for and show genuine kindness towards one another. As a result, the school is a purposeful, calm place to learn."

Inspectors were wowed by the "impeccable" behaviour of pupils: "Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. They show self-control and act with care and consideration for others.

"Pupils’ conduct in lessons and at breaktimes is impeccable."

Children at Chestnut Park were also found to have great school spirit: "Pupils make a tangible difference to the school. They relish the opportunities to take on leadership roles as eco monitors, house captains and play leaders.

"Pupils play a significant role in the local area, where they contribute to events and festivities. This instils a sense of pride in belonging to the school community."

The praise continued when discussing the school's approach to reading: "The school ensures that reading is at the very heart of the curriculum. From preschool, knowledgeable, highly trained staff develop children’s communication and language.

"No pupils are left behind. Many pupils enthuse about how reading brings learning to life and helps them to learn new words. Across the school, pupils learn ambitious new vocabulary."

Inspectors reported that pupils are taught the values of equality and compassion: "The provision for pupils’ personal development is expertly woven through the curriculum. Pupils are taught how to be responsible, global citizens.

"They have a deep-rooted knowledge of wider religions and fundamental British values. For example, pupils contribute to the school’s India partnership and meet with inspirational visitors.

"This develops an excellent understanding of equality and diversity. As a result, the school develops compassionate and responsible young citizens."

Chestnut Park Primary School is a mixed-gender academy school that teaches pupils between the ages of two to 11. There were 76 pupils at the time of inspection.