Glowing report as Gisburn Road school rated ‘good’

Pupils at Gisburn Road Primary School in Barnoldswick which has just received a good Ofsted report. (S)
Pupils at Gisburn Road Primary School in Barnoldswick which has just received a good Ofsted report. (S)

Gisburn Road Primary School received a glowing Ofsted report on the eve of half term, leaving all concerned happy as they went into their holiday.

The Barnoldswick primary school was rated as “good” by Ofsted inspectors following an inspection in April, a turnaround from the “requires improvement” the school received in November, 2013.

Moreover, the school was “good” in all five major categories of inspection; leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and early years provision.

Inspectors found the school’s “good leadership and management have eradicated weaknesses in teaching”, “teaching is consistently good”, “pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, make good progress, especially in reading”. “marking is used effectively to help pupils improve their work” and “children get off to a good start in early years as the provision is good”.

On top of that, the inspector’s report stated that pupils “feel safe and behaviour is good”, “good provision is in place for pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural and social development”, “leaders support the headteacher well and have played their part in improving the quality of education the school” and “governance is strong both in supporting and also in holding leaders to account”.

To become outstanding, the inspector said “teaching is not yet outstanding and, as such, pupils’ progress is good rather than rapid” and “attainment is lower than it should be as a result of some weak teaching in the past”.

The report concluded that sometimes “pupils are given work to do that is too easy for them” and the “quality of pupils’ writing in subjects such as science does not match that found in their literacy books”.

Headteacher Nicola Walker said: “We’re elated that the school has gone up from requires improvement to good.

“It’s down to the hard work of governors, teaching staff and parents.

“We have looked at the curriculum, behaviour and conduct of the children, the quality of teaching and we’ve done an awful lot in terms of British values.

“I’m very pleased, we can now go in to the next phase going through good over the next few years and aim higher. We already have some outstanding elements.

“I think the most pleasing things were that the report recognised all of our work really, from leadership and governance to the good progress we have made in early years provision. That was the highlight for me, definitely.”