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We are a good school

Published: Friday, 8th February

The Baird Primary Academy has received a Good rating from the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).

Ofsted noted the school’s nurturing environment, where pupils told inspectors they felt “safe and well cared for.” The positive Ofsted findings also acknowledge a clear culture to protect children, build well-being, and foster strong bonds between pupils, staff, parents and carers.

Principal, Carly Welch , said: “The positive assessment marks a period of significant improvement and change for the school.

“This is a gratifying acknowledgement for our whole school community. Our pupils, staff, local board members, parents and carers have worked together with passion and dedication. Together, we are creating a safe, inclusive environment, steeped in mutual respect. We place children’s needs at the heart of our work. It is their nurture, well-being and aspirations that drive the school’s ethos. I am delighted that most parents who spoke to inspectors noted that the school had improved dramatically in the past two years.”

Ofsted noted staff who ‘have a wonderful rapport with the children, who respond well to adults’ questioning and conversation. Parents who spoke to inspectors were very positive about the start their children have made at the school.’

The Ofsted report also notes of The Baird Primary Academy:

  • Great strides have been made to improve the learning culture since the last full inspection [two years ago].
  • Children behave well because expectations are high, and staff have established good routines. The safety and welfare of children are given the highest priority.
  • The teaching of phonics (letters and the sounds they represent) is a strength.
  • Pupils are growing in confidence as the quality of their education improves.
  • Teachers have created a learning environment that is stimulating and appealing for children. Enticing role play opportunities, such as campfire in the bear cave, provide children with exciting opportunities to develop their imagination and communication skills.

The Baird Primary Academy joined the University of Brighton Academies Trust, sponsored by the University of Brighton, in 2014. 

The role of the Trust is also commended: “Those in positions of governance know the school well. School leaders benefit from good-quality guidance given by key staff from the multi-academy trust. The school’s rapid progress is a direct result of the support and challenge given to leaders by the Trust.”

Dr John Smith, Chief Executive, University of Brighton Academies Trust, said: "I whole-heartedly congratulate The Baird on this Good judgement. I note with pride Ofsted’s recognition that pastoral care is a particular strength and the well-being of pupils is given the highest priority. Since the school joined the Trust it has been steadily striving to meet the needs of its community and uplift their Ofsted result. This result is confirmation that both The Baird Primary Academy and the University of Brighton Academies Trust are meeting our ambitions to deliver excellent education for the children of Sussex and to ensure all children reach their full potential.”

Read the full Ofsted report here