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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Good rating for west Cumbrian primary school

A west Cumbrian primary school is celebrating after being rated ‘good’ by inspectors.

Broughton Moor Primary School, near Maryport, had previously been told it required improvement at its last inspection.

Ofsted representatives visited the school on July 2 and the report, just published, says significant improvement has been made in all areas.

The achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership were all rated good, while the behaviour and safety of pupils was outstanding.

Inspectors concluded: “Pupils’ achievement is now good. From their typically low starting points, pupils reach standards that are above average by the time they leave at the end of year six.

“Good and sometimes outstanding teaching helps pupils of all abilities and groups to make good and sometimes outstanding progress. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding and this is supporting the rapidly accelerating progress they are now making. Pupils say they feel extremely safe in school and that they are well cared for.”

They went on to praise headteacher Pete Dawson, middle leaders and all staff for driving improvement, as well as the support they received from their governing body.

To push ahead and become an outstanding school, they now needed to work on achievement in writing, particularly giving pupils more opportunity to write at length.

The outdoor learning environment could also improve as it was not currently stimulating enough for young pupils.

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