Ofsted Inspections

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s services and skills. Ofsted inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. The Mead Community Primary School had its last full inspection in November 2019 and was judged to be Good in all areas.


Staff and children at The Mead Community Primary School in Trowbridge are celebrating after being rated Good in all areas.

Following a two-day assessment across both sites (Hilperton and Wingfield) against the new tougher framework, The Mead School in Trowbridge has received a Good in all areas Ofsted judgement. The team said it is a school where there is a ‘strong can-do ethos’ and where pupils ‘are happy and safe’, ‘behave well’ and ‘work hard’.

The report praises the children for being ‘articulate’ and ‘well-mannered’ and having ‘respect for people’s faiths, feelings and values’.  The Early Years Nursery and Reception provision is celebrated as a strength of the school, as is provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, who ‘are doing well’. The report notes ’everyone is accepted and nurtured here’.

The inspectors praised the high quality of reading and maths, recognising that ‘reading sits front and centre of the school’s work’ and that whole class reading books help children to ‘write to interest the reader’ and ‘use ambitious vocabulary’.

Also referenced were the wide ranging clubs and activities that children benefit from, with the report noting that these ‘fulsome experiences’ help children to become ‘reflective, confident and well-rounded’.

Inspectors were particularly impressed with the quality of work in art, music and sporting opportunities.

Headteacher Emma Holton said: “I’m delighted that our school’s love of learning and our efforts to keep improving are reflected in our Ofsted result. We provide an especially nurturing and stimulating environment for children starting their formal education and that’s why so many parents and carers choose us.

The inspection was a real celebration of everything we collectively work so hard on. Our pupils shone throughout the two days and the pride felt in the school by all stakeholders was clear.

We would like to thank our amazing staff, parents and above all our fantastic pupils for making The Mead the great school it is. The inspection provided some clear guidance on how we can continue to improve and we look forward to building on this success in the months and years to come.”

Lyssy Bolton, CEO of The Mead Trust, added “The Mead is a confident, optimistic school and we will maintain an unwavering focus on providing the best possible opportunities for the children in all aspects of school life”.

Christian Checkley, Chair of The Mead Trust said: “At such a challenging time for schools across Wiltshire, we are very pleased to have been assessed as Good.  It reflects the hard work that the Trust, leaders, teachers and wider staff invest, and we are committed to ensuring that our pupils learn well across a wide range of subjects.”

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