‘Outstanding’ school praised by inspectors

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Outstanding is the word government inspectors have chosen to describe every aspect of a Lancashire primary school.

Queen’s Drive Primary School in Fulwood was visited by Ofsted, who judged pupils’ achievement, quality of teaching, children’s behaviour and safety and leadership and management to all be outstanding.

And the headteacher of the school, which was deemed to be “good” at the previous inspection, said she was delighted by the latest decision.

Headteacher Julie Webster said: “I think it was well deserved in terms of everything that we have done over the four years since our previous inspection, and we managed to go from good to outstanding.

“I was delighted that they saw more outstanding teaching than they did good teaching.

“The other thing we were very pleased about was that they were very complimentary in terms of the children, and they actually said this is the children’s school.

“That is brilliant because it means that at the heart of everything we do is the children and that is exactly what we are trying to put across.”

The nine-page report detailed the inspectors’ findings across the four main areas.

It said: “The school benefits from the outstanding leadership and management of the headteacher who has successfully developed and maintained an ethos firmly rooted in continuous improvement.”

It said all groups of pupils achieved outstandingly well, and children had “excellent attitudes”.

The report said that staff built “highly effective relationships” with pupils, and as a result pupils became confident and willing learners.

It said: “The high level of respect pupils from different ethnic backgrounds have for each other is the cornerstone of this school.

“Pupils’ high level of enthusiasm is evident in all lessons.”