Ofsted report on Barnoldswick primary school

Pupils and staff at St Joseph's Primary School in Barnoldswick celebrate their good Ofsted report.'Photo Ben Parsons
Pupils and staff at St Joseph's Primary School in Barnoldswick celebrate their good Ofsted report.'Photo Ben Parsons

Staff and pupils at a Barnoldswick primary school are in a celebratory mood ahead of the summer holidays after being rated as “good” by Ofsted.

St Joseph’s RC Primary School received the news after June’s inspection with the report saying “pupils achieve well, teaching is good, relationships are strong and this creates a positive climate for learning.”

The report says pupils are well behaved and achievement is rising due to a headteacher who has “high expectations and a clear vision for the school” with improvements due to “good leadership and governance”.

However, the school is not “outstanding” because “pupils do not make equally strong progress in all classes”, “not all pupils understand what they need to do to improve their work in literacy and numeracy” and “not all teachers consistently set next steps for pupils and then provide opportunities for pupils to respond to their marking”.

The school’s previous Ofsted report dating back to 2009 rated the school as “outstanding” but staff at the West Close Road school are still pleased.

Headteacher at St Joseph’s, Natalie Wood, said: “Under the new inspection framework we believe this is a great achievement and a strong basis on which to build and move forward. Our dedicated team of staff and governors will continue to work closely with our supportive families and the church community.

“We will strive for the highest standard and aim for excellence in all we do and say, ensuring each pupil is given an education which meets their varying needs.

“Our motivated and well behaved children will have opportunities to respond to their feedback from class teachers and be thoroughly involved in their learning.”