Golden Valley Primary School

Name Golden Valley Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Nailsea Park, Nailsea, Bristol, BS48 1BB
Phone Number 01275853077
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 412 (55.1% boys 44.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.2
Local Authority North Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 6.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.6%
Persistent Absence 3.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 4.9%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

Golden Valley Primary School is much larger than most primary schools. The proportion of pupils eligible for support through the pupil premium is well below average. The pupil premium is additional government funding for children in the care of the local authority, children of parents or carers in the armed forces, and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals.

At this school, the pupil premium applies to children of parents and carers in the armed forces and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage and very few speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average.

The number supported by school action is well below average. Two pupils attend alternative provision at local special schools for part of the week. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. In the Reception classes and across the school, pupils make rapid and sustained progress and reach standards that are consistently above average. The learning of all pupils, including those supported by the pupil premium, disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, and the most able pupils, is consistently good and often outstanding.

Pupils achieve high standards in reading because they read widely and often. Teaching is consistently outstanding. Teachers skilfully assess the progress of all pupils and adapt the activities, pace and their questions to sustain pupils’ rapid progress.

Pupils’ attitudes to learning and to each other are exceptional. This is due to the school’s work in developing their critical thinking and to the many opportunities they are given to work together, including across year groups. The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is robust.

The headteacher’s pursuit of excellence in all of the school’s activities is shared by staff and governors. As a result, the governing body and school leaders have been highly successful in improving the quality of teaching and learning since the previous inspection, and in reaching the highest levels of achievement. Procedures for the performance management and training of staff are exemplary.