OFSTED: Standards continue to be ‘good’ at primary school in High Peak

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The quality of education at a High Peak school remains ‘good’ an Ofsted inspection has found.

Buxworth Primary School is run in a co-headship and the inspector praised the headteachers.

Roary Pownall said: “As joint headteachers you work very well together, leading the school as well as undertaking a teaching role alongside your staff.

“You are improving Buxworth Primary by making clear your insistence on high expectations for every pupil and ensuring that the quality of teaching is improving.”

The report noted the school is a ‘friendly, happy place’ where pupils enjoy coming to learn. Classrooms are described as being purposeful, positive learning environments where pupils work together very well and assist each other.

Mr Pownall said: “Pupils speak politely, are respectful to adults, follow instructions and work hard. They believe that it is important to follow the school rules and to be always respectful of others.”

Addressing the headteachers, Mr Pownall said: “You are challenging all staff to work consistently effectively together so that there will be no teaching which is less than good.”

The report noted how the governing body was very committed to the school and that its members were helping drive forward the improvements the school was making.

Governors, it was stated, do this effectively and perform their strategic role with efficiency.

Mr Pownall said in the report: “Your staff have a clear understanding of their responsibility to report to you immediately any concerns that they have about a pupil’s safety. They have been trained well in safeguarding, including in areas such as extremism.

“You have ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose.”

Children’s levels of attainment on entry to the early years vary considerably from year to year, due to the small size of cohorts. Nevertheless, they make good progress from their starting points.

Pupils’ outcomes at the end of key stage 2 fell in 2016, and progress was significantly below the national average in all subjects.