Clitheroe primary school’s excellent Ofsted

CELEBRATION: Our picture shows pupils at St James' CE Primary School in Clitheroe. (s)
CELEBRATION: Our picture shows pupils at St James' CE Primary School in Clitheroe. (s)

CLITHEROE’S St James’ CE Primary School is a “good school” with outstanding features according to Ofsted inspectors who visited the school at the end of January.

The Greenacre Street-based primary was the first Clitheroe school to undergo the new Ofsted inspection which was introduced at the beginning of the year.

This meant that the inspectors spent more time in classroom observing teaching and learning, and placed more emphasis on reading and literacy skills, pupil behaviour and how safe children feel in school.

Under this new, more stringent inspection process the inspectors reported that Clitheroe St James’ is a good school that has improved well since the last inspection. Achievement is good and rapidly improving with children getting off to a good start in Early Years Foundation Stage and making good progress. By the end of Year Six pupils’ attainment in reading, writing and mathematics is above average. The proportion of outstanding lessons is increasing with lessons typically seeing pupils responding with enthusiasm to a range of practical and stimulating activities. Pupils feel extremely safe and well cared for and behave exceptionally well. Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development was deemed “outstanding”.

As a church school, Clitheroe St James’ was also inspected by the National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools’ Team. The Inspector reported that the distinctiveness and effectiveness of St James’ as a Church of England school are outstanding. The inclusive nature of the school ensures that it is extremely effective in meeting the needs of all children and enabling them to succeed in every aspect of their development. The inspector awarded the school “outstanding” in all areas.

A spokesperson for the school said: “The staff, parents, pupils and governors are delighted that both the inspection teams recognised what a good School Clitheroe St James’ is!”