Welcome to St. Ursula’s E-ACT Academy. It is an honour to be the Headteacher of this fabulous school, working alongside a committed and supportive staff team.
St. Ursula’s is situated in Westbury-on-Trym, in a modern purpose-built facility that boasts a large playing field, sensory garden and wooded area. The parents and local community are hugely supportive of the school. There is a real community feeling with staff, children and parents all working closely together.
St. Ursula’s is a safe and nurturing academy where safeguarding and the well-being of our children is our utmost priority. The academy not only wants children to achieve academically, it values their personal, social, moral and emotional development. We want our children to leave St. Ursula’s well-rounded, knowledgeable, resilient and ready for the next part of their academic journey.
In March 2020 Ofsted inspected the academy and reported the school as having:
‘A culture of ensuring the safeguarding and welfare of pupils is of utmost importance to the school. Staff have secure knowledge and receive regularly updated training which helps them to identify and report concerns.’
That it had improved on its previous ‘Good’ to ‘Good with Outstanding features’ most notably in the Personal Development and Welfare of the children.
‘Pupils love coming to school. Their high attendance reflects this. Leaders have created a calm and caring environment. Staff go the extra mile to make sure pupils feel safe in school and are in the right frame of mind to learn. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. They are keen to meet the school’s high expectations of their behaviour. Pupils present themselves and their work with pride.’
Our pupils achieve results significantly above national averages in all subjects across all year groups. We embrace the challenge of maintaining these standards and we are always looking for innovative ways to ignite the pupils’ interests. Children here love learning and leave us more than ready for the next part of their academic journey.
‘Leaders and staff provide very strong pastoral support for pupils. They help pupils to be ready to learn, particularly those who may find school difficult at times. From the first minute of the school day to the last, adults are on hand to help. Leaders provide an array of extra-curricular activities for all pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, to enjoy. The pupil ambassador group represent the school with pride. They work closely with school leaders to help make improvements.’
We offer wrap around care to parents and carers with our breakfast and after school provision. There is a wide selection of after school clubs for pupils to further their interests in sport, arts and other curriculum areas.
We pride ourselves on our curriculum which we have been developing for 2 years. It focusses around 5 key pillars which are as follows:
- Knowledge and vocabulary rich
- Improving long-term memory
- Clear progression
- Disciplinary progression
- Critical thinking
We want our children to ask questions and not be led by national, or media induced stereotypes but to form their own opinions from the rich knowledge base we provide them with.
We aim to inspire the children to make positive contributions to their community through carefully planned career centred activities.
As St. Ursula’s is part of the E-ACT multi-academy trust, we work closely with five other E-ACT schools in Bristol. This collaboration has helped enormously to develop teaching standards in our academy. We are able to work with experts in their respective fields, share ideas and best practice and as a result continually develop and improve the standard of teaching and learning we offer our children.
I look forward to meeting you and seeing your child begin their school life at St Ursula’s.
If you would like to see our academy in action and meet some of our amazing children, please contact the school office to arrange a date. We would love to show off our school!