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‘Good’ Ofsted rating for Herons’ Moor Academy

A PRIMARY school in Weston-super-Mare has been recognised for its “good quality” education and its “family feel” by education watchdog Ofsted.

Herons’ Moor Academy, in Highlands Lane, Locking Castle, has retained its ‘good’ rating after an Ofsted inspection on Thursday 3rd March.

The report has been released today (Monday 11th April) and it commends the Academy for creating a “positive and supportive environment” for pupils, staff and parents.

The report highlights how well the Academy implemented a comprehensive new system to track pupils’ progress. The system has been used to significantly narrow the gap between pupils who are disadvantaged and those who are not.

Herons’ Moor is a large primary academy but the report commends how Headteacher Julie Fox and her team have maintained its “family feel”.

The report adds: “Parents acknowledge the high-quality social and emotional care provided by the school.

“Everyone is valued and knows that they belong to a positive and supportive environment where there is mutual respect among all, regardless of their vulnerability, special educational needs, disability or ethnicity. As one parent explained, staff get to know each child ‘as a person and not a number or statistic’.”

The report highlights the strong and positive relationships between leaders and staff, and says: “Leaders and governors are extremely dedicated to the school and very ambitious for its future.”

Pupils’ behaviour was commended and pupils also said they feel very safe in the school.

The report says: “Pupils behave extremely well both in lessons and as they move around the building. They show high levels of concentration and are fully focused on their learning.”

Mrs Fox said: “We are delighted with this report as it highlights what is unique and important at Herons’ Moor. It recognises the achievements of our fantastic pupils.”

Herons’ Moor Academy is part of the Inspirational Futures Trust, a multi-academy trust sponsored by the Weston College Group.

The report says: “Good use is made of specialist facilities at local colleges. For example, pupils learn to use specialist scientific equipment at the nearby enterprise college and make good use of their six times tables when they learn how to lay bricks professionally at the local further education college.”

Weston College Principal and Chief Executive Dr Paul Phillips OBE, said: “I am delighted by this latest Ofsted report, the Academy is clearly thriving and I’d like to congratulate Julie Fox and her team.

“Our partnership with Herons’ Moor has gone from strength to strength.

“Herons’ Moor has benefitted from the use of the state-of-the-art facilities and excellent teaching and learning opportunities and Weston College learners have benefitted from high-quality work placements.

“We champion the learner first approach and there is a real synergy between all of our organisations.”

Herons’ Moor also runs a nursery which has sessions twice a day, from 8.50-11.50am and 12.10-3.10pm. The nursery has spaces for children who will be aged three in September. Registration forms are available in the Academy’s front office.

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