A Barnoldswick primary school has received a big thumbs up from inspectors after being rated “good” again.
Coates Lane Primary School in Kirkstall Drive was inspected in June and cemented its status as a “good” school after the same scoring in its previous inspection in 2011.
However, with changes in the criteria schools are being tested on, leading staff at Coates Lane are delighted to see progress recognised, especially with four new teaching staff and the implementation of a new national curriculum in the last 18 months.
Coates Lane was rated “good” in all five categories of leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and early years provision.
The report stated “the headteacher and other senior staff lead with ambition and have high aspirations for pupils” and “changes to staffing and a rigorous approach to checking classroom practice have led to improved achievement”.
The inspector said “pupils are well behaved, polite and respectful” and “all groups of pupils achieve well in reading, writing and mathematics”.
The inspector added: “Teaching is good throughout the school and is characterised by very strong relationships between staff and pupils.
“Governors support and challenge school leaders effectively. They use their strong knowledge of the school to ensure its performance is rigorously monitored.”
However, reasons the school is not outstanding is that “on occasions” work provided for pupils does not take sufficient account of their previous learning.
Concluding, the report said: “Several subject leaders are relatively new to post and, although well intentioned, their impact on learning across the school is not yet fully effective.”
Deputy headteacher Chris Dugdale said: “I think it’s great the inspectors could see we are a happy, friendly and welcoming school and staff have high aspirations for the children.
“In their inspection, 90% of the elements for outstanding were there. The process to be outstanding is there and I think in another year’s time those couple of elements will be right. The collaborative approach to learning was recognised which is what we wanted to see and what parents wanted to see because children have a say in their learning.
“The children’s behaviour was described as impeccable and the inspectors saw that. The inspectors were also blown away by the level of language skills displayed by our pupils. The shared vision and aspiration to be the best has paid off and the children are as much a part of that as the teaching staff.”