Building work is ‘no obstacle’ to schooling

THE safeguarding arrangements, care and support put in place for children while their school is remodelled and extended has won the praise of Ofsted inspectors.

It’s overall effectiveness and capacity for sustained improvement also helps to make Heptonstall Primary a good school.

The redevelopment work began in January with a new extension being completed in the summer, the existing school being refurbished with a new computer, library, music and cooking room, entrance reception and office area.

A new playground and a multi-use games area and car park should be finished soon.

There are 84 children at Heptonstall Primary making it smaller than average and the number of free school meals is well below average, as is the proportion of children with special needs.

“The school successfully promotes pupils’ personal development and ensures they feel extremely safe,” according to Ofsted inspector Tony Painter.

“The overall impact of teaching is good, pupils achieve well and attainment by the time they leave school is frequently significantly above the national average.”

Mr Painter found pupils respond very well, they are confident, enjoy their learning greatly and attendance is high.

The governors have good links with the school and the curriculum is good with many effective partnerships that enhance provision.

“Support and encouragement from staff quickly builds a very strong and positive ethos.”