Good Ofsted Result for St George Primary School

Bristol’s smallest primary school is celebrating a Good rating from Ofsted.

St George C of E Primary School on Queen’s Parade at the foot of Brandon Hill in the city centre was praised by the Ofsted inspector.

Inspector Michael Merchant said that pupils make “secure improvements year on year” and “strong progress in reading, writing and mathematics”, and that St George has enthusiastic and determined staff.

As well as the Good Ofsted report, matching the result from May 2015, St George is also celebrating being officially one of the best schools in Bristol for the progress of its pupils, following the recent public of the SATS results.

Among 140 primary schools across the city, St George is second in reading progress, third in maths and fifth in writing.

A letter from a parent quoted in the Ofsted report said: “This school is brilliant. The interim head, teachers and all the supporting staff have made this school a wonderful place for my child… (with a) family-like feel to learning.”

The Ofsted inspector also praised the effective leadership, determination and passion of headteacher, Margaret Gwynne; and the school’s effective safeguarding.

Mrs Gwynne said: “Our inspection gives parents good reason to judge us as a fantastic choice of school in the harbourside, Hotwells and central Bristol area. We are a village school in the heart of the city. Come and see for yourself!

“We are so pleased to be recognised as a small school with big ideas, delivering excellent outcomes for our motivated and energetic learners. Our excellent inspection report only provides one next step and that’s to keep it up.

“Our unique school is thrilled to offer the most engaging and exciting curriculum, serving an area of Bristol that attracts a wonderfully diverse community, and we are privileged to support them through their huge successes.”

With only 60 pupils, St George – founded by the Church of England to educate the sons and daughters of Bristol's poor dock workers when the city was still a busy trading port –is the smallest primary school in Bristol.

Its three classes retain its maritime tradition, being named after famous explorers’ ships, the Matthew, Terra Nova and Endeavour.