‘Good’ one-word rating for Bitterne Manor Primary

bitterne manor primary school exteriorBitterne Manor Primary School on Quayside Road has been awarded a one-word ‘Good’ rating by schools watchdog Ofsted following its latest inspection, carried out on June 4.



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It was previously awarded an Outstanding rating in 2016, which it retained following a school inspection in November 2022.

The latest report noted that pupils “talk about being part of the ‘Bitterne Family’, where everyone is valued”.

“This includes the supportive staff, who pupils feel they can approach for help at any time. Pupils learn about the importance of kindness. They commonly seek to help others in the smallest of ways. This is recognised each week when pupils nominate others who have shown the values of ‘Kindness Kevin’.”

The report also noted that “Behaviour is exemplary” and that “Pupils’ personal development is prioritised”, and said “Reading is a strength of the school”.

You can read the full report for this year, along with previous reports, here. It includes points identified by Ofsted where it says the school excels, and areas where it says improvement is needed. It mentions points around some "knowledge gaps" and certain aspects of SEND learning.

Ofsted’s one-word judgements have proved controversial, particularly in the case of head teacher Ruth Perry who took her own life after her Reading primary school was downgraded. The outgoing government said the system should stay.

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