A primary which has previously only proved “satisfactory” to Ofsted inspectors or “required improvement” has been told it is now a “good” school.
Royles Brook Primary School has been told all aspects of its work are good.
Over the last 10 years the school had been told it required improvement to offer children more than just a “satisfactory” education.
Now the school, on Marsh Road, Thornton, has been heaped with praise for an “inspirational” headteacher and “enthusiastic” staff who ensured improvements.
In particular, inspectors noted:
l Senior leaders have ensured teaching, and consequently achievement, has improved. Teaching is consistently good.
l Pupils’ achievement is good. They reach standards that are above average by the end of Year Six.
Back in 2005 the school was told it was “not effective enough” as “unsatisfactory teaching has led to underachievement” but that there were some “embryonic” signs of improvement.
By 2007 its label of “serious weaknesses” was removed and school bosses were told it was a “satisfactory and improving school”.
But in 2010 it remained “satisfactory”, according to inspectors, but pupils’ progress was said to be “satisfactory rather than good”.
During its last full inspection in 2013, it was again told it “required improvement” and that “not enough pupils make consistently good progress”.
In the latest report, released following an inspection in April, school governors were praised for “keeping a close eye on how well the school is doing”.