Pupils thrive in caring family atmosphere

Shade Primary School, Todmorden, has been rated good in all areas by Ofsted
Shade Primary School, Todmorden, has been rated good in all areas by Ofsted

A primary school’s caring family atmosphere provides a secure and happy environment in which pupils can thrive.

Ofsted inspectors visited Shade Primary School, Knowlwood Road, Todmorden, last month and rated it as good in all areas.

In his report, inspector Peter Martin said: “The quality of relationships between members of the school community is a real strength of the school.

“Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school and its leadership.

“The school provides very well for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

“The school leaders, staff and governors have a shared ambition for the school and a commitment and desire to continually raise standards.

“The headteacher strives constantly to improve the quality of teaching.”

He said pupils are eager to learn and behave very well.

They enjoy school, say their lessons are fun and feel safe and well cared for.

Headteacher Jan Dawson said: “The report has identified the many strengths of our school; polite and friendly children who are eager to learn and behave well; parents who give enthusiastic support for their children; school leaders, staff and governors who are ambitious for the school.

“We were particularly pleased that the Ofsted inspectors recognised the quality of relationships between all members of the school community.

“At the end of each day our teachers go out and meet parents on the school yard to talk about the day and this really pays dividends.

“We always have excellent attendance from parents for events in school and there are always volunteers for trips or to help out with activities in school.

“As a school, we put great emphasis on ensuring our early years foundation stage setting gives our children the best possible start to their education and inspectors agreed that we provide a safe and happy place where children can learn and thrive.”