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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Pupils’ delight at going to Barrow school earns Ofsted praise

A “HAPPY” school in Barrow which promotes a love of reading has been rated as good in all areas of its latest Ofsted report.

Inspecting officers described St Pius X Primary School, in Schneider Road, Ormsgill, Barrow, as a happy school where the “pupils enjoy learning and playing”, during the visit last month.

The published report states: “Pupils get on extremely well with each other as well as with staff. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around school is good. They feel safe in school and are aware of different kinds of bullying.”

It said the children delight in coming to school and, regardless of starting points, pupils make good progress in reading, writing and maths.

The early years foundation stage offered at the school was also praised by officers who said it helped youngsters “get off to a good start”.

Ofsted said: “They learn well, developing their speaking and listening skills as well as how to socialise.”

Teaching standards were described as good, but inspectors also said there were areas which were outstanding.

It added: “Teaching is good and sometimes outstanding.

“All staff work together extremely well to give good support to pupils, personally and in their learning.

“Good teaching means that all groups of pupils make good progress. Pupils enjoy lessons and take part enthusiastically. “Lessons are interesting and good use is made of a wide range of resources.”

It was also recognised that the school provides additional adult support for pupils finding learning difficult.

The report revealed the school has above average attendance because “pupils delight in coming to school” and staff have good relationships with parents and governors.

It was also described as having an important role in community life within Ormsgill.

It also said the headteacher, deputy and governors were aware of its strengths and weaknesses.

“The school is continuing to improve because they have taken decisive actions which is improving teaching and pupils’ achievements,” it said.

Headteacher Amy Bates was thrilled with the school’s achievements and put it down to the community spirit, religious beliefs binding them, as well as teamwork between staff, children and parents.

She said: “We promote a love of reading from as soon as they start at the school.

“We have a good reading culture and really are a team.

“We couldn’t really ask for more than the pupils delighting in coming to school.

“I’m just really pleased they picked up on how well we all work together and that all the children make good progress.

“Our teachers put a lot of extra time in so I think it is well deserved and reflects our good relationship and communication between the staff, parents and the children.

“The pupils and teachers have really done us proud.

“I’m also happy they put something about atmosphere as well as academics.”

She attributed the positive atmosphere to its Catholic ethos and was pleased the report reflected the school’s culture.

She said: “People think these reports are just about academics so it’s good that the positive learning culture has been recognised by Ofsted.”

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