Staff and pupils at Bowling Park Primary School are delighted to receive their second good Ofsted result following an inspection in March this year.
The result reflects the continued and sustained improvements that the school have undergone in the last few years.
In 2008, two schools, one based at Usher Street, and one based at New Cross Street were merged to create the new Bowling Park Primary.
Before this, both schools were struggling to achieve and Usher Street Primary had been in special measures for a number of years.
Since the merger, and the appointment of their new principal, Stuart Herrington, the school has come on in leaps and bounds.
This most recent inspection highlights how far the school has travelled to become a caring, hard-working and fun place to learn.
The Ofsted team noted that the school’s principal, leadership team and governors are “unwavering in their determination to ensure that every child is nurtured, cared for and inspired to learn”.
Inspectors were particularly impressed with children’s knowledge and ambitions for later life, adding: “Together, you have all been successful in enabling pupils to overcome barriers to learning. You have raised their aspirations and improved their life chances”.
The school was also pleased with the response from parents, who have always been very supportive. One parent described Bowling Park as, “a caring, stimulating environment”. They went on to say: “The team consistently challenge my children to progress and achieve their potential.”
In their inspection in 2008, Bowling Park Primary were advised to develop maths and the quality of teaching. In their most recent inspection Ofsted notes that “significant improvements” have been made.
Principal Stuart Herrington said: “Everyone at Bowling Park Primary is delighted with this report which we feel captures the strengths of our school. The school, staff, children and families are now looking forward to a very bright future, filled with lots more exciting learning and continued improvements.”