PADIHAM: St Leonard’s Primary School’s English teaching praised

Pupils at St Leonard's Primary School in Padiham celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report. B170111 Photo Ben Parons
Pupils at St Leonard's Primary School in Padiham celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report. B170111 Photo Ben Parons

A PADIHAM school which has been rated outstanding by inspectors has received another glowing report for its English provision.

Staff and pupils from St Leonard’s Primary, in Moor Lane, are celebrating following the latest best practice inspection by Ofsted – an in-depth analysis of teaching in the department.

In her report inspector Susan Bowles said: “The school’s exciting curriculum inspires pupils to make outstanding progress in English. Intriguing scenarios, visits and role play stimulate pupils to communicate powerfully.”

She praised the way all staff work together to develop whole-school themes and activities, “utilising their talents and interests and a wide range of visitors” and said pupils play a key part in choosing what and how they will learn while building on important skills.

“Tasks and activities are matched carefully to pupils’ needs and strengths and have a clearly defined purpose. Lively, responsive teaching successfully involves pupils in working out what counts as good writing or speaking and how they can achieve it.”

The report noted that increasing the confidence of pupils to write independently at the highest levels would be the only area for development.

Headteacher Mrs Julie Bradley said: “It was a really tough couple of days but the inspector said some phenomenal things. She said she had never seen Year 4 boys working at such a high level of achievement in writing.

“When you get outstanding once it’s hard to maintain it and to get outstanding again has made us really really proud.

“We do a lot of creative learning. Every lesson has the wow factor to it.

“We try to give children learning experiences that they will remember forever. They have got to feel inspired.”

Mrs Bradley also credited the school’s “outstanding staff” for its success and said they had to work hard to make sure they do not become complacent.

“We don’t want to become complacent. It’s easy to sit back and think we are there and we don’t have to do anything else. We’ve got to maintain it.

“We want to be the best because we owe it to the children.”