Ofsted rate Burnley primary school ‘good’

Staff and pupils at Christ The King RC Primary School, Burnley,celebrate a good OFSTED report. Photo: David Hurst
Staff and pupils at Christ The King RC Primary School, Burnley,celebrate a good OFSTED report. Photo: David Hurst

A Burnley primary school is looking to a bright future after being praised by Ofsted inspectors.

Christ the King RC Primary School, Calderbook Avenue, received a good rating following the inspection in May.

Inspectors said teaching was good, pupils enjoyed their lessons and behaviour was good in lessons and outside at play while the majority of parents appreciated the school.

Headteacher Darren Mussell said he was proud of all his staff and pupils.

“Despite all the changes that have been made to make inspection a much tougher process for school to succeed in, I am pleased to say that Ofsted have once again graded our school as a good school.

“The fact that we are once again a good school is down to the dedication to all those involved in the life of our school, especially the staff who work so tirelessly to produce the lessons and support that enable our children to ‘get a good start to school in the Early Years Foundation Stage’ and ‘make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics’. The support staff ‘play a major role in helping pupils who need additional support to be full included in school life’.”

The report said: “Achievement is good given the pupils’ individual starting points. Progress is accelerating because pupils are expected to reach high standards and are increasingly enabled to work at higher levels.”

Inspectors found that teaching across all classes was impressive with members of staff caring for their pupils.

“Despite the unavoidable changes in staffing in recent times, disruptions to learning have been minimised because all staff work together to help pupils. Relationships between pupils in lessons are good and staff are very caring and helpful to any who feel unsure.

“In Reception, children develop their reading, writing and mathematical skills at a good pace. Teaching of phonics is reinforced through daily practice. Children quickly learn to use this knowledge to work out words when they read and write.

“The teaching of literacy skills in Key Stage 1 and 2 is successful, in promoting among pupils not only a love of books, but also in developing good quality writing.”

The report praised the headteacher for securing a good quality of education for pupils and said the school was now poised to move forward rapidly.

It said it could raise achievement from good to outstanding by “implementing strategies to raise the performance in Key Stage 2 of boys in writing and mathematics creating a much sharper focus on the needs of the most able pupils which includes all leaders in playing their part in raising the achievement of these pupils”.

Mr Mussell added: “The inspectors also noted the way that children ‘nearly always work hard in lessons’ and that ‘the large majority of pupils get on very well with each other and say they feel safe’. It is also noted in the report that ‘the majority of parents appreciate the school and the values it gives their children’.

“The process also made clear that ‘leaders, including governors, identify and apply the right strategies to improve school’.

“I am proud to be the headteacher of this school and look forward to working with the staff, governors, children and parents to make this school outstanding.”