Staff and curriculum impress

Headteacher Pam Saville with students at Burnley Road Primary School celebrating the school's good Ofsed report
Headteacher Pam Saville with students at Burnley Road Primary School celebrating the school's good Ofsed report

STAFF at Burnley Road Junior and Infant School are celebrating after a successful Ofsted inspection.

The Mytholmroyd school was rated as good by inspectors who visited on February 1 and 2, 2011.

According to the report “Burnley Road is an excellent place in which to learn. As a result, pupils are achieving well.”

It goes on to say that “the shared ambition and drive of the whole school community, but especially that of the headteacher and senior leadership team, are fed by a passionate striving to improve.”

The school’s stimulating curriculum and was praised as well as the enthusiastic teachers and colourful and vibrant classrooms.

Ofsted gives schools ratings from one to four with one being outstanding and four being inadequate.

Overall the school was given a rating of two (good) and received the same score for its capacity for sustained improvement.

The inspectors found that pupils enjoyed their learning and worked very well together responding well to their “teachers’ high expectation and challenges”.

This rating was repeated throughout the inspection except in pupils attainment where a rating of three which means progress is satisfactory.

However the report does say that standards are rising throughout the school.

Head teacher, Pam Saville, said: “I’m delighted. This is a really encouraging report. The inspectors have acknowledged the progress we have made since the last inspection and were particularly impressed by the standard of teaching, which they said was outstanding in some areas.

“This report is a real tribute to the efforts of staff, pupils, parents and governors to raise standards throughout the school.

“Everyone is really pleased with the results. But we’re not going to be complacent.”

In a letter from inspectors to pupils the school was widely praised but two areas of improvement were highlighted.

They said that harder work was needed for pupils who can cope with it and also to make sure that learning through play activities in the nursery include a little more learning, particularly about numbers.

As part of the assessment parents are asked to fill in a questionnaire about the school.

They unanimously agreed that the school is led and managed effectively although some concerns were raised about the way the school deals with unacceptable behaviour and children’s particular needs.

Mrs Saville said: “Everyone here is really committed to taking the school forward and improving the standards.”