Pupils are on track to make progress

Year 1 teacher Nova Robinson at Ferney Lee Primary School, Todmorden
Year 1 teacher Nova Robinson at Ferney Lee Primary School, Todmorden
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INSPECTORS found Ferney Lee Primary School operating satisfactorily with staff focused on raising standards further.

The Todmorden school has significant strengths and achievement is satisfactory overall.

Around 43 per cent of pupils are from ethnic minorities with a significant proportion in the early years speaking English as a second language.

Inconsistencies in the quality of teaching meant achievement was satisfactory rather than good, according to Ofsted.

And staff absence within key stage two during 2009/10 had slowed pupils’ progress.

“The school has set challenging targets to address this issue and there is evidence to suggest more pupils are on track to make satisfactory or better progress,” according to Inspector Brenda Clarke.

“The headteacher has successfully managed considerable staff changes and has developed a willing, cohesive team, focused on raising standards further.”

Staff have now been told to work to accelerate the progress made by all pupils, develop the consistency of teaching, and further develop leadership and management.

Pupils’ personal development was rated as good as was their behaviour and school links with parents.

Headteacher Pauline Brogan-Hewitt said the report highlighted a high level of care and important life skills.

“We are proud of our school which has a lot of good points,” she said.

“The report addresses some issues we were already aware of and working on.

“I’d like to thank parents for their positive contribution.”