Bolton-by-Bowland Primary School Ofsted report

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BOLTON-BY-BOWLAND CE Primary School is a “good” school with examples of “outstanding” teaching practice according to an Ofsted inspector.

Geoffrey Yates who carried out the inspection in April reported that some “outstanding teaching” was observed during his inspection, and evidence of this could be seen especially in the improvements in the quality of pupils’ writing, reflecting the success of the recent leadership and management initiative.

However, other key findings included that pupils are not given enough opportunities to apply their problem solving skills in mathematics.

The inspector found that children achieve well in the Early Years Foundation Stage from starting points which are expected for their age.

And that by the end of Year 6, pupils’ attainment is above average in English and mathematics, but over the years has been stronger in English than in mathematics.

“The school’s arrangements for teaching reading are good, leading to above-average attainment at the end of both key stages,” the Inspector said.

“The quality of teaching is good, with examples of outstanding practice.

“Where teaching is outstanding, the needs of all pupils are met exceedingly well throughout the lessons, ensuring that pupils are given every opportunity to think things out for themselves.

“In some lessons where teaching is not as effective, the pace of lessons slows because pupils are not fully engaged in learning.”

Strengths included pupils’ behaviour, which the inspector recognised as “outstanding”.

“They have a very good understanding of how to keep themselves safe in various situations, including when using the internet. Pupils say that bullying is not tolerated with one pupil commenting, ‘We are a family school. We don’t laugh at people with laugh with them,’” he stated

The inspector also praised leadership and management.

“There is a clear focus on pupils’ academic and personal needs and on systems to evaluate the school’s work. This ensures that pupils enjoy all aspects of school life and are well prepared for the future.” stated Mr Yates,