A primary school in Hyndburn has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in its latest Ofsted report – the first school in the area to achieve this feat in over two years.
St. Oswald’s R.C. Primary and Nursing School was inspected at the beginning of September, having previously been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.
Headteacher Jeff Brown, who was commended for his ‘outstanding leadership’, was delighted that the hard work of children, staff, governers and parents was finally being recognised.
“It is a tremendous achievement for our school community to do so well,” said Mr Brown.
“Our priority for the coming year will be to work even harder to make our school even better.”
The Catholic school received the highest grade across all areas, including Quality of Teaching, Achievement of Pupils and Early Years Provision.
The glowing report detailed the exemplary support provided for students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well as the school’s excellent partnership with parents.
Inspector Nigel Cromey-Hawke carried out the assessment on Wednesday, September 10 and Thursday, September 11, He observed nine lessons and conducted short visits to the school, and evaluated parent and staff questionnaires as well as checking a range of school documentation.
The Inspector also spoke to students and parents, and revealed that the pupils says they feel extremely safe and well cared for.
Pupils’ attainment at St. Oswald’s was above the national expectation, with only the lack of outdoor resources being criticised by inspectors.
“This now gives us a platform to improve out school further with the opportunities and experiences that we provide for our children,” said Mr Brow