Today Bristol Mum features a review of Blackhorse Primary School in Emerson’s Green, Bristol, by local parent, Catherine Lombardo.
My eldest son (aged six) is a pupil at Blackhorse Primary School in Emerson’s Green. The school teaches approximately 400 pupils and has a Resource Base for children on the autistic spectrum and/or with social communication issues.
The school building has two floors (infants downstairs, juniors upstairs) and an overflow classroom. There is one playground for the mainstream school and a smaller, separate one for those Resource Base children unable to cope with playtime on the big playground.
The school has a playing field, too, and it is a reasonable size.
Ofsted has recently rated Blackhorse as Good with Outstanding Features. My understanding is that Blackhorse would have been rated Outstanding if last year’s SATs scores had been a bit higher.
Ofsted’s view is only one factor for most parents but the report itself does refer to a lot of the school’s great achievements.
While the staff at this school are keen to teach the curriculum (as all schools should be), they also promote sporting and outdoor activities whenever possible. Teachers give up some of their spare time to ensure that pupils can attend competitions, concerts, etc.
Blackhorse also has links with a school in Uganda – my son was amazed to discover that not all children have access to the same resources as him!
My favourite aspect of Blackhorse is Enrichment. Most pupils (Reception children do not participate at first) choose from a range of activities on a Friday afternoon and swap termly. My son loves Survival and the Roald Dahl club!
It is lovely that my son’s school understands that children are often tired by Friday afternoon and a choice of hobbies is a good way for them to learn without realising it.
I would (and do) recommend Blackhorse Primary School to prospective parents!
*This is the personal opinion of the author and has not been endorsed by Blackhorse Primary School.