Ofsted parise for Colne primary school’improving rapidly’

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A COLNE primary school that has struggled in the past has been told it has made significant progress and is improving rapidly.

Lord Street Primary School was given a “satisfactory” grade by school inspectors Ofsted, but was praised for the positive steps it has made since its last inspection.

Lead inspector Lynne Read said: “Under the determined leadership of the heateacher and with support from the local authority, there has been a concerted effort to boost pupils’ attainment and the school is improving rapidly.”

The report noted that when children enter the school their skills are below the range expected for their age but are given a good start to their education in the reception class.

Across key stages 1 and 2, progress is accelerating rapidly and pupils are increasingly meeting the targets they are set.

Inspectors said although attainment is at a satisfactory level there are pockets of good progress, especially in Year 2 and the older juniors.

“The under-achievement from previous years is being systematically eliminated due to a good range of intervention groups and personalised teaching.”

The report said improvements could be made to consistently challenge youngsters, particularly the more able.

“Older juniors have plenty of time to embed their developing skills, knowledge and understanding but younger juniors have less time to work independently and secure their learning.”

The younger children would also benefit from better direction so they know exactly how to improve their work.

The report praised the school for taking good care of pupils and said it was clear children enjoyed learning.

Attainment has risen from below to above average and behaviour is now good, with the need for exclusion being eliminated.

The children benefit from experiences provided by the Sports Partnership and older pupils enjoy walking the Pendle Challenge.

The school also contributes well to the wider community with the swing band and choir noted for their performances within the locality and beyond.

Headteacher Gary McKeon said: “We are pleased the report accurately reflects the happy and caring nature of the school and good behaviour of our pupils.

“The report praises the good progress made by the school since the last inspection and we will ensure we act upon the recommendations in the report to ensure that our children continue to receive the best possible education in the future.”