School in High Peak goes up an Ofsted grade

Head Jacquie Barber and pupils celebrating Chapel Primary School's OFSTED report
Head Jacquie Barber and pupils celebrating Chapel Primary School's OFSTED report

A High Peak school has upped its game and has been given a higher rating by Oftsed.

The education watchdog previously rated Chapel-en-le-Frith Primary School as ‘requires improvement’ - the second lowest score - but following a recent inspection standards are now ‘good’ which is the grade above.

Headteacher Jacquie Barber said: “It has been a journey we have faced together and I am privileged to lead such a strong and committed team here at Chapel. Onwards and upwards as we strive to be an outstanding school.”

Inspector Stephanie Innes-Taylor praised the school’s leadership. She said: “The headteacher has acted decisively to implement wide-ranging actions that have ecured considerable improvements since the last inspection. She has made good use of external support and advice, which has enabled senior leaders to make rapid improvements in teaching, learning and assessment.”

The report noted since last inspection there has been a ‘considerable improvement in the quality of teaching’.

Ms Innes-Taylor said: “The attainment and progress of pupils at the end of key stage 2 in 2016 were broadly in line with national averages, which was an improvement on the previous year.”

The early years provision was also rated as ‘good’ and it was noted ‘children are enthusiastic learners’. To further improve the school must now accelerate pupils’ progress in reading and writing and improve attendance of some pupils.