Mill Bank School gets a “Good” Ofsted report

Children at St Mary's CE Junior and Infant School, Mill Bank, which has been given a good Ofsted report.
Children at St Mary's CE Junior and Infant School, Mill Bank, which has been given a good Ofsted report.
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A LIVELY, wide-ranging curriculum creates interest and enjoyment for children at St Mary’s Primary School, at Mill Bank, and helps them to progress, according to Ofsted inspectors.

As a result the Church of England school has been rated as good.

“It is not outstanding because achievement is not outstanding,” said Inspector Steven Hill.

“While teaching is good, it is not good enough to raise progress to this high level.”

There are 84 pupils at St Mary’s, behaviour is good and children feel safe and happy.

“They form good relationships and work well together, they have positive attitudes to learning and are keen to succeed.

“Attendance is above average and bullying is rare.

“Good provision is made for pupils’ spiritual, moral and social development, but their opportunitites to meet and learn about people beyond the immediate locality are limited,” said Mr Hill.

Attainment is above average in reading, writing and maths.

Teachers are generally very effective in providing different activities well matched to the wide range of abilities.

Pupils’ work is marked thoroughly.

Headteacher Mrs Nicola Jenkinson said: “We are very pleased with the outcome of the inspection. We have a super school with great pupils which has been clearly recognised”.

St Mary’s had an additional Anglican School Inspection where it was recognised that “children thrive” in a good school with a “feeling of community and family” and where the positive relationships between children and staff was recognised as a strength.

The proportion of pupils entitled to free school meals is below average and the proportion with special needs is also below average.

None speak English as an additional language.

There have been considerable changes and disruption to staffing since the previous inspection.

Last year, the school did not meet floor targets which are minimum standards set by the Government for pupils’ attainment and progress.