Clitheroe primary school rated ‘good’

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Ofsted has found Brookside Primary School in Clitheroe to be a “good” school.

The inspection team visited the Bright Street-based school early April and found that the teaching was good with some outstanding. The learning is well planned and includes a rich variety of activities while children in the reception class benefit from a strong start to their development, inspectors found.

By the end of Year Six pupils reach “above average” standards in reading, writing and maths. And the inspectors described the school’s curriculum as “rich, vibrant and exciting” with the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of the pupils underpinning everything it does.

Praise was given to the way pupils show respect to one another and adults. They were said to be proud of their school and feel safe. Inspectors said pupils’ behaviour is good both in lessons and around school.

The inspectors also found that disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make good progress, that attendance is high and that the school’s leaders have raised achievement.

The school was said to be not yet outstanding because the strengths in teaching were not always shared and that some times pupil’s work is not challenging enough.

Pupils’ spelling and grammar also lets down their good, creative writing and the school governors fail to hold school leaders to account for the improvement in teaching quality and pupil achievement.