Teachers praised by Ofsted inspectors


St Leonard’s CE Primary School, Balderstone, has been classed as a “good” school by Ofsted say.

An inspection of the voluntary aided school in early April found that pupils’ progress was good and improving, with attainment well above average in maths and writing by the time they leave in Year 6.

Inspectors also found that children in the Early Years Foundation Stage were well prepared for future learning.

Teaching and pupils’ 
behaviour plus their attitudes to learning was also praised.

“Teaching ensures pupils enjoy school. Tasks capture their imagination,” the inspector said.

The spiritual, social, moral and cultural development was said to be a great strength of the school.

The leadership of the school was praised, particularly the work of the head teacher, and the dedicated staff team.

However, the school was said to be not yet outstanding because progress on reading was not as fast as in other areas, sometimes pupils were not challenged enough and marking was not consistently effective, with pupils unclear on how to improve.