Staff, parents and pupils of Hemington Primary School and Hornbeams Preschool in Radstock are celebrating after a recent visit by Ofsted Inspectors.

Education watchdogs judged the school to be ‘good’ in all areas with early years graded as ‘outstanding’ after a recent visit.

Hemington Primary School is part of the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership, meaning the trust has responsibility for running the school, alongside executive headteacher Alun Randell. The Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership trust is run by the chief executive officer, Alun Williams, and overseen by a board of trustees, chaired by Tony Wells.

Inspectors noted: “Hemington Primary School is a welcoming school which sits at the heart of the community. Pupils and adults build strong relationships. The school’s values set high expectations. Pupils understand these and are ‘kind, fair, respectful and ambitious’”. 

Headteacher Alun Randell said: “The report highlights the many strengths of the school and the exceptional quality of the school's early years provision, noting that ‘children in the early years have an excellent start to their education’.

“This recognition is a testament to our early years team, whose passion and expertise ensure that our youngest pupils receive the best possible foundation for their future learning.

“Furthermore, the report emphasises the inclusive and supportive nature of our school community. We are especially proud of our provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).”

The inspectors also observed that “children in the early years have an excellent start to their education. They develop positive learning behaviours, independence and resilience. The school acts quickly to identify pupils’ needs. This means pupils with SEND are supported from the time they start school.”

Mr Randell continued: “As Headteacher, I find it difficult to find the words to describe just how proud I am of our fantastic team of staff. Their dedication and commitment to our children is second to none! This report reflects the collective effort of our teachers, support staff, parents, and pupils, all working together to create a nurturing and stimulating learning environment.”

“We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone in our school community for their unwavering support and dedication. Together, we will continue to strive for excellence and provide the best possible education for our pupils.”

You can read the full report on the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership website: