A SCHOOL has come through 'significant turmoil' to make major improvements.

Victoria Road Primary School has been rated as ‘Good’ following its latest Ofsted inspection.

The Northwich school, which was previously rated as ‘Requires Improvement’, was praised in particular for its 'ambitious' curriculum, SEND provision and the caring nature of staff.

Head of school, Sue Minor, said: “We are delighted that the inspectors acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the whole school community, especially our wonderful children. They shone!”

An inspection was carried out over May 1 and 2 by Frith Murphy, John Littler and Rebecca Jewitt.

The subsequent report, published on June 10, explained the school has faced 'significant change and turmoil' in recent years.

Victoria Road Primary School in NorthwichVictoria Road Primary School in Northwich (Image: Google Maps)

In 2023, the proportion of year six pupils meeting the expected standards in reading and maths was 'significantly below' the national average.

“The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and weaknesses in the previous curriculum, meant that pupils had too many gaps in their learning to achieve as well as they should,” the report reads.

“Working with the trust, the school has ensured that the curriculums have been strengthened.

“As a result, pupils currently at the school enjoy a good quality of education. They emerge as well-rounded young people who are ready for the next stage of their education.”

It adds: “The school has high aspirations for the academic success of all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

“Pupils happily come into school each morning. They are welcomed by caring staff on arrival.

“Relationships between staff and pupils are especially strong. This enables pupils to be ready to learn.

“Pupils are keen to come to school and said that everyone is welcome at their school.”

Victoria Road Primary School was rated as Good in all but one assessment categoryVictoria Road Primary School was rated as Good in all but one assessment category (Image: Supplied)

The report does note some ways the school could improve further, with a particular emphasis on early years provision, which was the only assessment area still rated as ‘Requires Improvement’.

It says children in early years do not build up their knowledge as well as they should, meaning some children are not as well prepared for year one as they could be.

The report said: “The school should ensure staff have the skills and knowledge about how children learn so they are able to design learning activities which help children learn well.”

Ms Minor added: “We are excited to continue on this journey of improvement with our children’s education and wellbeing at the heart of everything we do."