Ofsted see improvements at Kelbrook Primary School

Pupils at Kelbrook Primary School celebrate their Ofsted report. Photo Ben Parsons
Pupils at Kelbrook Primary School celebrate their Ofsted report. Photo Ben Parsons

Staff and pupils at Kelbrook Primary School are celebrating their latest Ofsted report, which praised the school for its friendly atmosphere and imaginative curriculum.

Overall the school was rated “good”, an improvement on its last assessment in September 2007 when it was found to be “satisfactory”.

Head teacher Kath Morris was particularly praised for her astute leadership, which has seen the school progress so much since the last inspection. She was credited with “providing firm educational direction and a clear vision for taking the school forward that is shared by all staff and governors.”

Inspector Melvyn Hemmings, who visited the school at the end of March, said the children make good progress in the Early Years Foundation stage. He added this progress is maintained throughout the rest of the school and, by the end of Year 6, pupils attain above average standards in English and maths.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities were found to make the same progress as other pupils because of the well-targeted extra support they receive.

Mr Hemmings said there was a friendly and positive atmosphere in school and paid tribute to an “imaginative” curriculum extended by a variety of good quality extra-curricular activities. The school was also praised for its involvement in the community, raising money for local charities and taking part in local events like Pendle Music and Drama Festival.

Highlighting areas where the school can make improvements, the inspector identified a weakness in some pupils’ writing, and the school was also told it should improve subject leaders’ skills in monitoring and evaluating teaching and learning.

The inspector conclude: “Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of education and their future lives.”

The head teacher said she was delighted with the report. She said: “The children, staff, parents, governors and volunteers all work so hard to make Kelbrook the wonderful school it is and it is good to get that recognition from OFSTED.”