Hard work pays off as Ofsted praises schools

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STAFF, parents and children from two schools are celebrating their results from successful Ofsted inspections.

Lancastrian Infant School and Westbourne Primary School have been the subject of rigorous reports but both are pleased with the outcome.

Westbourne Primary School was found to be good in all areas.

The report showed school leaders ‘focus effectively on accelerating pupils’ progress and raising the quality of teaching’.

Neil O’Boyle, head teacher at Westbourne Primary School, said: “It has been due to the hard work and a fantastic effort put in by the teachers in the school that we have achieved this result. Everyone has really pulled together. It’s my last Ofsted so it is nice to finish with a positive report and leave the school in a good state.”

The report praised the ‘good teaching’ which results in the pupils making ‘good progress and enjoying their learning’. It also outlined that pupils behave well and that governors and teachers are effective in their roles.

Lancastrian Infant School has also moved up from being a satisfactory to a good school, with pupils described as ‘polite’ and ‘keen to learn’.

Gary Ewins, chairman of governors said he was ‘thrilled’ when the report arrived. “Everyone is delighted to hear the school has a ‘very positive ethos’,” he said.

“The report is a tribute to all the hard work of our teaching and support staff, as well as the encouragement our pupils receive from a strong parent community.”

Amanda Harkey, head teacher, thanked the staff for their hard work, and highlighted a part of the report which said teachers ‘inspire’ children.