Headteacher's pride at good report for 'friendly, welcoming and caring’ school

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Pupils from Park Primary School in Colne celebrating after being rated 'good' by Ofsted
Pupils from Park Primary School in Colne celebrating after being rated 'good' by Ofsted

A ‘friendly, welcoming and caring’ primary school's headteacher has spoken of her pride after the school was rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.

Park Primary School, in Rutland Street, Colne, was inspected earlier this year, with headteacher Sarah Midgley speaking about how proud she is of all the staff’s hard work ‘each and every day’.

She said: "We are extremely pleased with our grading and are so proud of our staff for all their hard work, not just during the inspection, but each and every day.

“We have an excellent team here at Park and the pupils are at the heart of all we do.

“As a school we have a lot of excellent qualities that make us a wonderful community primary school such as our Forest School, bike and sports gymnasium, our own music teacher and SENCO, an approachable and knowledgeable family support team, many experienced teachers and teaching assistants, on-site wraparound childcare and free after school clubs.

“We really care about our pupils and families and our aim is to give them every opportunity to succeed in becoming the best that they are able.

“This is part of our whole school ethos and we work hard to embody that message in all we do."

Inspectors spoke of how pupils enjoy coming to the ‘friendly, welcoming and caring school’.

They added that there is a ‘strong sense of teamwork’ and that ‘everybody treats each other with respect’.

Staff have high expectations of pupils who said they know that staff will support and care for them, and they feel safe at the school.

Pupils experience a range of interesting extra-curricular activities including fishing, choir and chess clubs.

The school was told to make some minor improvements in some areas of the curriculum and assessment systems.

Inspectors said: “In a small number of subjects, the knowledge that leaders want pupils to learn is not as clear as it could be.

“Therefore, teachers are sometimes unclear about what they should teach. This hinders pupils from getting the most out of the curriculum on offer.

“Despite this weakness, pupils achieve well in most subjects.

“Teachers typically use assessment strategies well in mathematics and English.

“However, in some other subjects, they are less well equipped to use the new assessment system to check if pupils are learning what they should.”

Safeguarding is effective and the SEND provisions are successful.