Hard-working pupils make ‘good’ progress

Children at Thames Primary Academy, South Shore
Children at Thames Primary Academy, South Shore
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A South Shore school has been praised by education bosses for giving children a consistently ‘good’ education in spite of the area’s difficulties.

Thames Primary Academy has retained its good rating from Ofsted inspectors, since converting to academy status in 2012 and the independent inspectorate tightening its framework for visits.

The school on Severn Road has a higher than average number of pupils with special needs as well as two thirds of its more than 400 pupils being eligible for free school meals and pupil premium and having a high level of transience among pupils.

Inspectors visited the school in mid-September.

The report found: “Pupils make good progress and achieve well.

“Children supported through the pupil premium, disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are well supported.

The behaviour of pupils is good. They enjoy coming to the academy and are keen to learn.”

It also found:

Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong.

Academy leaders have a clear and accurate view of how well the academy is performing and where it can do work to do better.

Now the school is said to be working to build on its strong points, to raise “expectations of what pupils can achieve” after inspectors found they weren’t always “given work that is hard enough to challenge them to make the best possible progress.”