Ofsted praises behaviour of primary school pupils


A Briercliffe primary school has been praised for the excellent behaviour of its pupils.

Ofsted inspectors said St James Lanehead CE Primary School was improving mainly thanks to the strong relationship between pupils, staff, parents, the church and wider community. The report said the school had made significant progress since the appointment of its present headteacher, who took up the role in January 2013, and the leadership team at the school was determined to continue the positive trend.

“The school provides a good and supportive Christian environment which contributes well to pupils’ spiritual and moral development,” read the report. “The quality of worship is improving and has a significant impact on pupils’ personal and spiritual development. Pupils are happy and care for each other.”

Headteacher Mrs Tracy Heys said: “We are delighted the inspector recognised the good work going on at St James and in particular the excellent behaviour of our children. Our families support the school’s behaviour policy and we work closely with parents to set high expectations of behaviour.

“Our distinctiveness as a church school is important to us and we feel that this report reflects the emphasis we put on our pupils’ spiritual and moral development alongside improving their academic achievement.”