A Fylde school is celebrating today after being awarded top marks by inspectors.
Strike Lane Primary School, in Freckleton, was branded ‘outstanding’ after Ofsted, the school inspectorate, found every area, from teaching to pupil performance and behaviour, to be top class.
Hard work put in by staff since the last inspection in 2007, which found the school to be ‘good’, has really paid off with inspectors noting pupils describing teachers as “amazing” and “inspirational”.
Headteacher Sarah Bamber said: “I believe the great feedback we’ve received is down to the fantastic relationships that the school has with its pupils, parents, staff and the community – everybody should be proud of what has been achieved.
“We’ve worked hard so far to be the best that we can be and are still on a journey to continue to improve. I’m delighted for everybody involved.”
Leaders said they feel confident the addition of two new classes and a children’s centre has helped the school improve its rating.
Inspectors noted that pupils “thrive personally and academically with the happy and caring school” and that “pupils make outstanding progress”.
Learning and teaching was also praised with officers, who visited the school in mid March, seeing pupils “come on in ‘leaps and bounds’, whatever their ability”.