New Brierfield ‘academy’ makes rapid improvement

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Pupil achievement at a local academy is improving rapidly, say Ofsted inspectors.

The team who visited Pendle Primary Academy, Brierfield, last month rated the behaviour of pupils as outstanding and leadership and management, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and early years provision were all said to be good.

The inspection – the first since the former Walter Street Primary School became an academy sponsored by Nelson and Colne College – said: “The school is led by an inspirational principal whose belief that pupils deserve the best education possible has driven the many improvements that have occurred since she was appointed.

“Other senior leaders support the principal well, providing strong and effective leadership for key aspects of the school’s work.

“Senior leaders make rigorous checks on the quality of teaching and learning and use what they find to plan further improvements. Middle leaders contribute well to this work.

“The school’s work to keep pupils safe is outstanding. Vulnerable pupils are well cared for and supported. Pupils are taught how to recognise dangers and to be responsible citizens.

“The school supports disadvantaged pupils very well, ensuring that they succeed as well as others and participate fully in what is offered.

“Governors are a strong and highly effective team that adds an additional layer of rigour and strengthens the school’s capacity to improve further.”