About Us

Hotwells Primary School is an academy trust situated in the heart of Bristol, close to the docks and the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The school building is full of character and, together with the school grounds, is used creatively to provide a stimulating learning environment.  We have a Pre-School that currently offers part-time places for children from the age of three, followed by seven classes; one for each year group from Reception to Class 6. We have a wonderful mix of social and cultural backgrounds represented in our school which we highly value and which helps us to celebrate the diverse community, city and world in which we live.  We have a fabulous ‘Garden for Life’ in which children and parents grow a surprising variety of produce! Some of the fruit and vegetables harvested each year are used by our cook in our school dinners for the children to enjoy.

The School Day

The school gates open at 8.30am and the school day starts promptly at 8.50am.  The school day finishes at 3.30pm.  

We have an After-School Club (ELASC) that offers after school care until 6pm.  We also have a range of sporting and arts clubs that run before and after school.

Our School Charter 

Click here to read our School Charter


We are a Rights Respecting School!

We are working with UNICEF to learn about children's rights and about the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child. Rather than school rules, the children have enjoyed working together to develop charters of Rights and corresponding Responsibilities. Our children also learn that all children in the world have rights and how organisations and individuals (including us!) can support children's rights globally.

'Pupils are exceptionally well-behaved'

 Our school is a happy place with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Ofsted reported that ‘Pupils are exceptionally well-behaved’ and they are right!  Our policy of positive behaviour management ensures that children are able to learn in a calm and well-managed environment which builds their confidence and self esteem so that they are able to achieve their best.Parents play an important part in school life. As well as having a very active PTA, many parents help in school and we have well-established home-school links.  We also have a highly skilled and supportive Governing Body.

We are proud to be an ‘eco-school’; we have achieved our silver award and are now working towards our green flag award. Children learn to value and look after the environment in many ways, supporting a positive and optimistic view of their futures.We have a ‘Healthy Schools’ award and a ‘Sport England’ award, reflecting the high value we place on giving our pupils the opportunities they need to develop fit and healthy lifestyles. We have a range of extra-curricular activities, run by both staff and outside agencies that complement activities during the school day.  Lunchtimes are an important part of the school day. We have a great lunchtime staff team who organise a range of activities and make sure the children have safe and happy lunchtimes.

Front of the School


View our 2018 Ofsted Report

View letter to parents re Ofsted Report 2018

View our 2011 Ofsted Interim Assessment Statement 

View our 'outstanding' OFSTED report January 2008

View letter to pupils from OFSTED

Hotwells School performance data (DfE site)