Nelson school celebrates Ofsted rating

Staff and pupils from St Paul's Primary School in Nelson celebrate their good Ofsted report.

Staff and pupils from St Paul's Primary School in Nelson celebrate their good Ofsted report.

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A Nelson primary school which inspectors said needed to improve has done just that and has now been awarded a good rating.

Ofsted visited St Paul’s CE Primary in Hibson Road last month and praised the determined leadership of the headteacher and governors, staff morale, pupil safety, quality of teaching and test results.

The report said: “The senior leaders, under the determined leadership of the headteacher, have worked hard to bring about clear improvements in the school. Since the last inspection, results at each key stage have risen, teaching has improved and pupils’ progress has increased.

“During that time, the number of pupils has increased and the school has moved to a new building. Despite the challenges and upheaval that all this has entailed, morale is high.”

Ofsted highlighted a new system for checking children’s progress and identifying those who need extra support as a success, while training and development programmes for staff were also praised along with the school’s early years provision.

The quality of governance at the school was said to have significantly improved.

“Since the last inspection, the senior leaders have worked hard and successfully to improve the quality of teaching in the school. Teachers have received general training, as well as training and support related to their own personal targets and areas of responsibility. The impact of this training was evident in the lessons observed and the pupils’ books examined.”

To improve further, inspectors said the school could further develop the quality of teaching and learning, develop the school environment to reflect the full range of cultures represented in school, improve the quality of school improvement planning and self-evaluation.