Nelson primary school’s Ofsted celebration

Lomeshaye Junior School headteacher Mrs Angela Pleasants and pupils celebrate the schools Ofsted report.
Lomeshaye Junior School headteacher Mrs Angela Pleasants and pupils celebrate the schools Ofsted report.

Dedicated staff and pupils at a Nelson primary school are this week celebrating the success of their latest Ofsted report.

Following its inspection by Geoffrey Yates, Elaine Maloney and Stefan Lord last year, Lomeshaye Junior School, in Norfolk Street, was graded as “good” in its “overall effectiveness”.

Many elements, including teaching and leadership, were recognised as “outstanding”, and attendance was reported as being “well above average”.

Headteacher Mrs Angela Pleasants told the Leader Times she is “delighted with the result” and added how the school team will now work to “maintain and improve standards”.

She said: “All the staff are committed, dedicated and passionate about educating children – that’s what shows.

“We are going to continue to take all teaching and learning to outstanding. We will develop the staff as future leaders and ensure the whole management team strives to be excellent.”

Deputy headteacher Sarah Jones added that the school’s emphasis on personalised learning has been a major contributor to its recent success.

She said: “There’s been a really big emphasis on accountability of staff ensuring each child makes progress – not just expected progress, but beyond that. I’m very pleased with the Ofsted. We will keep moving forward with personalised learning.”

Within the Ofsted report, inspectors highlighted where the “larger than average-sized primary school” needs to maintain its excellence, and where it could improve further.

According to the inspectors, the school, which has won external awards including the Investor in Pupils accolade, is doing well because:

• The inspirational leadership of the headteacher has resulted in the whole school community being immensely proud of their school and its achievements

• The governing body provides good support and challenge to the school

• Leaders have developed very good systems for accurately tracking pupils’ progress

To improve further, the report suggested:

• Making better use of marking in subjects other than English and mathematics in order to provide guidance for improvement

• Ensuring pupils are consistently given plenty of challenging opportunities to use and apply their writing skills in subjects, such as history and science

• Ensuring teachers adapt those lessons in which pupils are not learning as well as they might in order to secure the best possible progress

• Making sure in all lessons that pupils are given enough time to complete the work that they are set

Now Mrs Pleasants, who has been headteacher at the primary school for ten years, said that staff will be working to put the advice into action.

She added: “We will be putting strategies in place to ensure all teaching becomes outstanding, and that pupils marking in subjects other than in reading and mathematics is more informative for the pupils.”

It is expected that Lomeshaye Junior School will go through its next Ofsted inspection in three to five years.