Ofsted inspectors praise Padiham Green CE Primary School

Padiham Green head Mark Dixon and deputy head Janet Ellis celebrate with pupils their Ofsted report.
Padiham Green head Mark Dixon and deputy head Janet Ellis celebrate with pupils their Ofsted report.

Pupils and teachers at a Padiham school are celebrating a sterling Ofsted report.

Padiham Green CE Primary School was given an overall “good” rating by inspectors from the Government watchdog.

The Ofsted report found teaching quality, leadership and management, and the achievement of pupils was “good”.

Inspectors praised the behaviour and safety of pupils at the St Anne’s Street school as “outstanding.”

Headteacher Mr Mark Dixon said everyone at the school was thrilled with the report

He said: “We are absolutely delighted. We have got a great team. We have had a big focus on improving our teaching.

“The children want to make progress and want to get better. We have changed to a creative curriculum and the children are really, really excited.

“They are excited about learning and enjoying it.”

He added: “Padiham Green scores highly in multiple indicators of deprivation and some of our catchment area is very challenging so for us to make such an improvement is fantastic.”

The report spoke in glowing terms about pupils behaviour in class and around the school as “exemplary”.

Inspectors noted that children felt very safe and teachers and staff take very good care of them.

The report said: “Pupils make good progress and their achievement has improved since the last inspection.”

Ofsted found the teaching of maths was strong and the proportion of pupils attaining the higher levels in this subject by the end of Year 6 was higher than the national average.

The watchdog noted an improvement in the quality of teaching which it said was now “consistently good with some outstanding”.

The report said: “The leadership of the headteacher and senior leadership team is good. The school’s effectiveness has improved, and most weaknesses identified in the last inspection have been remedied.

Parents are very complimentary about the school. They say that they greatly appreciate its approachability and the openness and availability of the headteacher.

”Governance is good and has ensured that the quality of teaching has improved since the last inspection.”

Mr Dixon said: “We have been improving for a long time. We are now on a journey to ‘outstanding.’

“The teachers are delighted with the report but they say it is not enough which is great ambition.

“We are trying to create a culture of success.

“It is nice to have that recognised by the inspection.”