Ofsted’s praise for village primary school

Bolton-by-Bowland CE Primary School has been rated "good" by Ofsted inspectors.
Bolton-by-Bowland CE Primary School has been rated "good" by Ofsted inspectors.

A Ribble Valley village primary school continues to be “good” according to Ofsted inspectors.

Ofsted inspector Mrs Sue Eastwood who visited Bolton-by-Bowland CE Primary School recently highlighted many of the school’s strengths.

These included that there is “above average attendance” at the school. She also praised the “excellent communication with parents and teachers” and said the children are happy and “keen to learn”.

The inspector added that “conduct around school is of a very high standard” and that “the importance of reading and writing is prominent throughout the school”.

She said that pupils are “excited and highly motivated” when it comes to writing and phonics.

Mrs Eastwood praised the head teacher and staff.

“You have created a strong sense of care and nurture for the whole school community,” she said.

“Lessons are interesting and productive resulting in large quantities of pupil work indicating that no time is wasted. Pupils’ attainment is comparable to or above the expected standard in reading, writing, mathematics, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

“At the end of Key Stage 2 the proportion of pupils reaching the higher standard in reading was also above pupils nationally.”

The Governing Body was also praised for “playing an active role in the school life” and its “desire to seek to improve their own knowledge and expertise”.

The school’s head teacher Mrs Stansfield said: “The governors, staff and I are all very happy that we have received such a glowing Ofsted report.

“Our school numbers have risen significantly over the last four years and this reflects the caring, nurturing and safe environment we strive to provide for our pupils.

“We are very pleased that Mrs Eastwood highlights the positive relationship with children and also parents, who describe staff as ‘fantastic’.”