Happy days for pupils who feel highly valued

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THE outstanding care, guidance and support given to children at Todmorden CofE Junior and Infant School has been recognised by Ofsted.

Inspectors say the outstanding behaviour of the children, their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is also a strength.

“Leaders have an accurate view of the school’s effectiveness and have secured improvements since the last inspection.”

These and other factors mean that the below average sized school provides good quality education with good capacity to improve further.

There are 187 pupils at the school in Burnley Road, there have been no exclusions for several years and unacceptable behaviour is almost unknown.

“Despite the difficulties presented by the premises, indoors and outside, pupils move around quietly and sensibly.

“The school is a very cohesive and happy community and pupils are skilled and confident in speaking to one another, staff and visitors.”

The inspectors found that the quality of teaching is good, pupils achieve well and apply themselves diligently.

“Outstanding partnerships with other schools and the wider community enrich pupils’ experiences.”

Headteacher Chris Wightman enables all staff and pupils to feel involved and to contribute to the school’s success and further improvement.

“Although it has taken effective steps to improve pupils’ understanding of different cultures since the last inspection, this remains a slightly weaker element of pupils’ exceptionally good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

“Outstanding care guidance and support ensure that pupils feel highly valued,” said the inspectors.