High standards in a happy environment

Ofsted at St Peter's CE School, Walsden. Science project with Charlotte Mundy 11 and Charlie Crothers aged ten.
Ofsted at St Peter's CE School, Walsden. Science project with Charlotte Mundy 11 and Charlie Crothers aged ten.

A SCHOOL has been judged to provide a good standard of education with some outstanding aspects.

In its first Ofsted report since the merging of the junior and infant schools in the village in 2009, Walsden St Peter’s Primary School was praised by inspectors for the quality of education it provides for all its pupils.

Inspector Steven Hill said: “The school has quickly become a single, cohesive unit since the amalgamation and provides a good education for all of its pupils.

“All pupils achieve well because of good teaching and an engaging curriculum.”

The inspectors were particularly impressed with the early years provision, which was described as outstanding.

“Adults are particularly skilled at intervening in children’s play to help them extend their understanding, and to develop their vocabulary,” Mr Hill said.

Pupils’ behaviour and the effectiveness of care, guidance and support were also identified as outstanding.

In addition to the Ofsted inspection, the school was also visited by Church of England inspectors in May.

Inspectors found that the school, through its distinctive Christian character, is good at meeting the needs of all learners.

The report said: “The school’s happy, united and caring atmosphere fosters a learning environment where high standards are expected and nurtured.”

Headteacher Peter Stevenson said he was delighted with the findings.

“This is a new school and staff, governors, parents and pupils have all worked really hard to make it a success,” he said.

“Inspectors were pleased with the way in which pupils worked together and helped each other.

“This has been a real team effort by the whole school community.

“We knew before the inspectors’ visits where we need to make further improvements and we are already addressing the issues they identified.

“To have one good inspection is very encouraging; to have two is fantastic.

“It’s a really great start for the school.”

To improve further, Ofsted inspectors said teachers should make more frequent use of strategies to involve all pupils actively in their learning in whole class sessions.

Teachers should ensure the marking of pupils’ work is more consistent and staff should consolidate and improve children’s skills in information and communication technology.