Ofsted praise for primary school

Castle Hill pupils Kenzie Kavanagh and 'Elizabeth Ellison

Castle Hill pupils Kenzie Kavanagh and 'Elizabeth Ellison

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A Todmorden primary school has been rated “good” across the board in its latest Ofsted inspection.

Castle Hill Primary School were visited by Ofsted inspectors last month and were deemed to be good in all areas.

Pupils make good progress from their starting points and usually reach above average standards of attainment by the time they leave school

The report said that the “teaching is good with some that is outstanding” and that teachers make a particular effort to engage with pupil’s.

The school has returned to previous achievement standards, after a dip in year six in 2014.

In the report, lead inspector Andrew Morley said: “Pupils make good progress from their starting points and usually reach above average standards of attainment by the time they leave school.

“Reading is taught well across the school and the school’s provision for cultural development is very strong.

“The curriculum is interesting and pupils behave sensibly and display good attitudes to learning.”

Children at the school told inspectors that there “is always someone to talk to” and that they feel that the environment makes them feel secure.

While parents views indicated that the children feel safe and enjoy the learning environment.

Head teacher Janet Leggett said: “I am absolutely delighted with the outcome from our inspection. It is a true reflection of our school. Castle Hill is a wonderful place to work, the staff are hardworking and we have a very strong sense of team.

“The children are so well behaved and engaged in everything they do, from performing Shakespeare plays to helping younger children to learn to read. Our parents are supportive,as are our governors; a truly strong school community.”

Adding to the comments about the positive attributes of the school, Mr Morley said that the school had not achieved outstanding because “pupils’ progress at lower key stage two is not consistently good because activities are not always well matched to their varying needs and abilities”.

Work sometimes lacking challenges, opportunities to develop are sometimes missed and not enough pupils meeting levels of attainment in writing at the end of key stage two were other reasons given for the school not meeting the top standard.