Almondsbury Church of England Primary School

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About Almondsbury Church of England Primary School

Name Almondsbury Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Paul Smith
Address Sundays Hill, Almondsbury, BS32 4DS
Phone Number 01454612517
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 306
Local Authority South Gloucestershire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Almondsbury Church of England Primary School continues to be an outstanding school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils thrive at Almondsbury Primary School. Adults and pupils are proud to be part of the school family.

Most parents are unwavering in their support for the school. Adults know the pupils well. Relationships are warm and supportive.

Pupils feel safe and know that adults will help them if they have a worry or concern.

The quality of education the pupils receive is exceptional. Pupils are curious and keen to learn.

All pupils progress extremely well through the intended curriculum. This means pupils are well prepared for the next stag...e in their education.

Adults have high expectations for all pupils.

Pupils respond well to this. This begins in Reception Year, where children learn to take turns and work as a team to solve problems. Pupils demonstrate the school rules of 'ready, respectful, safe' as they move around the school and during learning.

As a result, classrooms are purposeful and calm.

Pupils develop their talents and interests through the rich opportunities available. Trips to France, London and the local area support pupils to understand the world around them.

Pupils enjoy the range of clubs available, including golf, running and karate.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school is lead with passion and determination. It is aspirational for all pupils.

The meticulously designed curriculum begins in Reception Year. It provides the strong foundations for future learning. The school has identified the precise knowledge they want pupils to know and remember in all subjects across the curriculum.

The sequence of learning provides opportunities for pupils to revisit what they have previously learned. This ensures that knowledge 'sticks' and pupils build on what they already know. Pupils develop a real depth of understanding in subjects.

The strong focus on vocabulary is key to this.

Adaptations made to learning, for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), ensures they have full access to the same education as their peers. Adults know the pupils' needs well.

They support pupils effectively. This means that all pupils progress extremely well through the intended curriculum.

Staff continue to reflect on and adapt aspects of the curriculum so that it continues to improve.

Subjects beyond English and mathematics have as much priority as the core subjects. Pupils' work demonstrates the broad and balanced curriculum. In geography, older pupils can explain their current learning about the different parts of a river and the impact of a growing population on the demand for homes.

They can recall the names of oceans and continents that they learned in key stage 1. All of this helps them to 'think like a geographer' and succeed in their learning.

Reading is a priority.

The school ensures that pupils read a wide range of diverse texts by classic and modern authors. As soon as children begin in Reception Year, they learn to read sounds and build words. This helps them to develop into confident and fluent readers.

Adults swiftly identify pupils who struggle to read. These pupils receive the support they need to keep up. Pupils read books that match the sounds they know.

Older pupils continue to develop their reading knowledge and can explain how to retrieve and infer meaning. All of this helps pupils to develop a love of reading. Pupils talk with enthusiasm about their favourite authors and stories.

Pupils' wider development is key to the work of the school. Pupils learn about the importance of fundamental British values and understand that democracy is a fair process to elect leaders. Pupils are very proud of the leadership roles they have.

These include school parliament, sports council and the department for worship. Pupils know that key people from the past have helped to shape life in modern Britain today. They can explain about the impact of slavery and the right to equality for all.

Pupils are adamant that everybody is welcome at their school.

The schools' emphasis on enhancing the curriculum is commendable. Trips and visits are carefully designed to support learning across different subjects.

For example, pupils visit to Gloucester supports their understanding of the journey of the River Severn and key aspects of human geography. A planned visit to the Houses of Parliament will further develop pupils' understanding of government and democracy.

Pupils have impeccable manners.

They are kind and considerate towards each other and adults. Pupils welcome visitors to their school. They are keen to talk about their 'great' school.

Pupils recognise that some of their peers need additional help from adults to regulate their behaviour. Adults support these pupils well. This means that pupils remain focused on their learning and succeed.

Pupils appreciate each other as individuals and know that tolerance and acceptance is important.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.


When we have judged a school to be outstanding, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains outstanding.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be outstanding in June 2017.

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