School with a ‘vibrant learning’ environment

CALDERDALE’S smallest school is happy, harmonious and has many strengths, some of which are outstanding, according to inspectors.

Teaching is good at the Cragg Vale primary and pupils behave well.

“Lessons are interesting, well planned and good pace is maintained throughout,” said Ofsted inspector Christine Millett.

“Pupils’ experience of different cultures and beliefs is well developed through the curriculum, charity work and links with a village in India.”

There are 66 pupils at the school, aged from 4 - 11, they behave well and attendance is consistently above average.

They are attentive and participate well.

The governors are committed, effective and knowledgeable and headteacher Carole Lobley provides a clear sense of direction.

The inspection report described Cragg Vale as a good school where teaching is good and children make good progress in a vibrant learning environment.

What it can do to improve further is to ensure experience and study programmes meet the needs of Key Stage 1 pupils in mixed aged classes.

Mrs Lobley said: “The inspector was friendly and helpful, and having had direct experience of a small school meant that she could easily relate to things here.

“We are delighted with the overall judgement, we’ve demonstrated continuing improvement from our last inspection and there were no surprises for us.”