Great Ofsted report for Barnoldswick school

Coates Lane Primary School in Barnoldswick celebrate their OFSTED report. G061211/2
Coates Lane Primary School in Barnoldswick celebrate their OFSTED report. G061211/2

A BARNOLDSWICK primary school is celebrating after receiving a glowing Ofsted report.

Coates Lane Primary was rated as “good” overall by inspectors and elements of work at the school around pupil attendance and engagement with parents were judged to be outstanding.

Inspector Andrew Morley reported: “Central to the ethos of this welcoming and vibrant school are the very caring relationships that ensure good support and pupils’ good achievement.

“The headteacher, ably supported by the deputy headteacher, provides effective leadership with a sharp focus on raising standards in pupils’ academic and personal development. Communication with parents and carers and agencies to support the individual needs of every pupil is outstanding.

“The school goes to great lengths to promote and support attendance, which is very high as a result. An overwhelming majority of parents and carers appreciate the dedication of all staff and are extremely positive about the school’s work. As one parent said, ‘I have three children at Coates Lane and I would recommend the school to anyone. The teachers do a great job’.”

The school has been told going forward it should focus on improving pupils’ writing skills and making sure that tasks are consistently challenging and meet the needs of all groups of pupils, especially higher-attaining pupils.

Headteacher Graeme Lucas welcomed the report, saying: “We are delighted with the way in which our Ofsted report recognised a great deal of the good and outstanding work that goes on in our school. It reflects the commitment to excellence that all members of our school community have and gives us clear indications of how we can improve the school even more. We will build on this success and are already formulating plans for how we can move forward in the future.”