Head teacher’s thanks after school receives glowing report from inspectors

Upwood Primary School has been rated good by Ofsted inspectors.

Upwood Primary School has been rated good by Ofsted inspectors. - Credit: Archant

Upwood Primary School has again been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted inspectors.

The inspectors’ report noted that ‘pupils are excited about learning’ through a ‘rich and inclusive curriculum that stirs them to scale new heights of knowledge and understanding’.

Teaching was praised for being consistently strong across the school and the impact of the varied curriculum was highlighted as ‘very strong’.

According to Ofsted, in 2016, the proportion of children reaching the higher standards in reading, writing and mathematics combined at the school was three times the national average.

In order to continue improving, inspectors recommended teachers ensure that children are given the opportunity to apply their writing skills in subjects other than English, and improve the attendance of pupils with special educational needs.

Sharon Whitelaw, head teacher at Upwood Primary, said: “The report clearly identifies that a great strength of the school is its inclusive nature and respect for individual differences.

“I would like to thank the children, parents and carers, staff and governors for their hard work and commitment to the inclusive ethos of the school which we value immensely.”

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Ben Conway, chairman of governors, added: “Upwood Primary School will continue to maintain its good standards and will strive to be an outstanding school for the next inspection.

“The governing body is currently working with teaching and support staff and plans are now in place to help us to become outstanding.”