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Callicroft Primary School celebrates positive Ofsted rating

Posted on Monday 20th July 2015 at 12:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Callicroft Primary School pupils celebrate a 'good' Ofsted report.

Staff and pupils at Patchway’s Callicroft Primary School are celebrating after receiving a positive inspection report from Ofsted.

Ofsted inspectors visited the school at the end of June and awarded an overall rating of ‘good’, with each of the five individual areas reviewed also assessed as ‘good’. This demonstrates the great progress that has been made since the previous Ofsted inspection in June 2013 when the school was rated as ‘requires improvement’.

Inspectors stated: “Teaching has improved since the last inspection and is now effective because pupils receive work that is at the right level for them. Teachers ensure that pupils are aware of what they are going to learn and that they are given clear steps to follow so that they know when they have been successful in their learning. Checks to measure the effectiveness of teaching and learning are rigorous. Consequently, the effectiveness of the school continues to improve.”

The report also praised the school’s leadership and management, saying: “Senior leaders have a clear vision for school improvement and a drive to achieve the best outcomes for pupils.”

Headteacher Nicola Antwis said:

“This report is great recognition of the dedication of our staff, the vision of our governors and leaders and the commitment of pupils, parents and carers. We are immensely proud of the report and see a bright future for the school and every pupil.”

More: Governing body has played a vital part in school improvement »

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Specsavers’ hi-vis jackets help Callicroft kids stay safe in winter

Posted on Tuesday 30th December 2014 at 6:48 pm by SH (Editor)

Pupils at Callicroft Primary School, Patchway wearing high visibility vests donated by Specsavers.

A donation of high-visibility vests to a Patchway school will help ensure the pupils can “stay safe and be seen” during the winter months.

As part of Specsavers’ national sponsorship of Road Safety Week (coordinated annually by Brake), the store at Unit 30, The Mall, Cribbs Causeway handed over hundreds of high-visibility vests to Callicroft Primary School at the beginning of December.

Gaurav Patel, store director at Cribbs Causeway, said:

“During the winter months, when the evenings are darker and visibility can be limited, it’s more important than ever that we do everything we can to ensure children are seen more clearly. Hopefully, the vests will give teachers and parents some peace of mind, while reaffirming the importance of road safety and looking out for each other.”

Sharon Bishop, deputy head teacher at Callicroft Primary School, said:

“Many thanks to Specsavers Cribbs for our fantastic new high-visibility jackets. Road safety is very important when we are out and about with the children and these will help us to remind them to look out for one another and to stay safe and be seen.”

Specsavers is the co-sponsor of Road Safety Week, the UK’s flagship road safety event. It’s an opportunity to help raise awareness about the importance of protecting people on bikes and foot as well as raise funds for a worthwhile cause. Visit for more information.

For more information or to make a donation, pop in to Specsavers, Unit 30, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, BS34 5DG, call 0117 950 3779 or visit

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Uncertainty continues as Callicroft School fails to recruit new headteacher

Posted on Tuesday 5th March 2013 at 12:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Callicroft Primary School, Rodway Road, Patchway, Bristol.

The process of recruiting a new headteacher for Callicroft Primary School has suffered a setback after just two people applied for the job, which had been advertised nationally in January.

The position became vacant after the previous holder of the post, Sandra Lakeman, resigned suddenly last October.

Governers at the school have since decided that neither of the two applicants have “sufficient experience or skill” to support the school in implementing a set of measures aimed at improving standards.

According to the Bristol Post, Callicroft was ranked in the bottom 200 schools in the country for last year’s Key Stage 2 (KS2) test results, which showed that just 48% of Year 6 pupils at the school achieved the expected standard in maths and English, compared to an average of 81% across all schools in South Gloucestershire and 79% in England.

Callicroft is currently being led by the heads of two other local schools: Richard Clark (head of Stoke Lodge Primary) and Chris Dursley (head of Wheatfield Primary, Bradley Stoke).

Writing to parents in a recent school newsletter, Mr Clark said:

“Whilst we appreciate there has been quite a period of uncertainty, the governors wish to reassure parents and carers that they are working hard to ensure the best possible solution for the long term.”

“Chris Dursley and I wish to thank you for working with us and wish to reassure you that we will continue to secure the improvement needed in order to raise the school’s attainment and outcomes for all children.”

More: School is working to improve teaching and raise expectations »

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Callicroft Primary School advertises for new headteacher

Posted on Thursday 7th February 2013 at 12:59 pm by SH (Editor)

Callicroft Primary School, Rodway Road, Patchway, Bristol.

A Patchway primary school has advertised for a new headteacher after the previous holder of the post resigned last year.

Callicroft Primary School (in Rodway Road) is currently being overseen by Richard Clark, the headteacher at Stoke Lodge Primary School, pending the new appointment.

Mr Clark has been supporting the school in an ‘Executive Head’ role since the previous headteacher, Sandra Lakeman, left last autumn.

Writing in the Callicroft newsletter last year, Mr Clark said:

“It has obviously been a difficult time for the school as Mrs Lakeman was well loved and respected and had worked very hard to try to raise standards throughout the school.”

“Over the past two weeks I have got to know the staff and children better and have begun, with the Governors and Local Authority, to look at the future. It is vital that the main thrust of my work in the coming months will be in raising standards of achievement and progress as they are still worryingly low at present.”

“Strengthening children’s enjoyment of school and the quality of teaching and learning is fundamental to this. To help with this work Miss Chris Dursley, from Wheatfield Primary [Bradley Stoke], will also be working alongside the school.”

More: New headteacher expected to take post in September »

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