A SCHOOL is celebrating the results of its first Ofsted inspection since becoming an academy.

Little Leigh Primary School has been graded a “Good” following Ofsted inspectors’ latest visit.

The report, published on September 20, says pupils “enjoy” attending the school and arrive “keen” to start their day, with staff “greeting them with welcoming smiles”.

Head teacher Toni Clarke said: “Inspectors were incredibly complimentary about the school and we were delighted to receive ‘Good’ gradings across every inspection category.   

“What is more important than any rating, however, are the many positive comments about our children, our staff and our community.

“We are a happy school, with a caring and loving ethos and it was wonderful to see how this shone through in the inspection report. 

“We were especially proud to receive such wonderful acknowledgement of the work the school does to develop well rounded pupils who understand the value and importance of being a good citizen on both a local and international level.” 

Northwich Guardian: Little Leigh Primary SchoolLittle Leigh Primary School (Image: Google Maps)

The inspection was carried out over two days in July, before the summer holidays.

It was the first Ofsted inspection since the school, part of the Create Learning Trust, became an academy in October 2019.

The report highlighted how “most pupils strive to live up to high expectations” and “achieve well” across a range of subjects.

It also says that pupils “trust staff to respond to their concerns and to help them if needed” while incident of bullying are dealt with “effectively”, helping children to feel safe.

“Leaders want the best for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND),” the report adds.

Susan Walters, CEO at Create Learning Trust, adds: “Little Leigh is a wonderful school with a clear focus on supporting every child to be the very best that they can be. We are extremely proud of all the staff and pupils for their continued dedication to making the school such a warm and happy place where everyone can flourish.” 

The report also outlines a few ways the school could further improve.

It says: “Occasionally, teachers do not select the most appropriate activities to help pupils learn new ideas and concepts. This hinders how well some pupils learn.

“In a few subjects, teachers do not check that pupils are remembering the most important knowledge that they need to learn in the longer term. Some pupils do not retain what they have learned securely enough in their long-term memory. This prevents them from achieving as highly as they could.”