Stoneyholme primary school rated “outstanding” by Ofsted

Stoneyholme Primary School pupils celebrate the schools 'Outstanding' Ofsed report.
Stoneyholme Primary School pupils celebrate the schools 'Outstanding' Ofsed report.

A Burnley primary school is proving to be top class after gaining an “outstanding” rating by education inspectors Ofsted.

Stoneyholme Primary School has improved on its previous good rating to become outstanding in all areas of school life.

We have talented and dedicated staff and great support from parents, but we cannot stand still. We always try to innovate

Mrs Lisa Davison, headteacher

Delighted headteacher Mrs Lisa Davison said the findings were a just reward for the hard work of staff, pupils and parents.

Leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and early years provision were all praised.

She said: “We’re delighted by the findings. I think what made the inspectors’ findings extra special was that they identified the unique aspects of our school and what makes us special.

“We don’t just develop our children academically, but also socially and emotionally so that their self-esteem and confidence grows, and that they can make a positive contribution to society.

“We have talented and dedicated staff and great support from parents, but we cannot stand still. We always try to innovate.”

Mrs Davison was also singled out for praise by the inspectors. “The inspirational headteacher has directed staff exceptionally well so that all members of staff are fully focused on supporting the pupils. Teaching is now outstanding and pupils make outstanding progress.”

Despite a large majority of children speaking little or no English when they start school, by the time they leave Key Stage 2, the standards they reach are consistently above average.

Lead inspector Fiona McNally added: “Pupils make exceptional progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Disadvantaged pupils’ progress is outstanding and often stronger than that of their peers.”