Merged school gets top report from Ofsted

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A SCHOOL in Leigh Park has been given a positive report by Ofsted inspectors.

Barncroft Primary in Leigh Park received a ‘satisfactory’ overall grading.

But inspectors noted that children who join the school with ‘considerably lower abilities than expected for their age’ develop quickly, attendance is now above average and progress has improved over the last year.

The school is the product of a merger in April 2011 between Barncroft Infants, rated good, and the junior school, rated satisfactory.

Staff and pupils moved into their new building this February, four weeks before Ofsted’s visit.

Headteacher Liz Blake, who was formerly in charge of the infant school, is overseeing the challenging task of remoulding the school.

She has introduced more rigorous monitoring of individual pupils as well as new subject leader roles.

She said: ‘It’s still early days, but we know what we need to do to build on the future. We are working our hardest to make sure this is a good school that our community can be proud of.’

Inspectors identified two areas needing improvement.

One was a need for more consistently good teaching.

The other was the standard of attainment in writing for boys, although inspectors said progress was already being made in this area. They were impressed with progress in maths for all pupils

Barncroft’s teachers were also praised for developing pupils’ spiritual, social, moral and cultural awareness.