Ofsted praise for school and headteacher

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A primary school has been celebrated for ensuring pupils’ “reach their full potential”.

Clifton Primary School, Ansdell, has been rated good by Ofsted inspectors.

Throughout their time in the early years, children develop a genuine eagerness to learn new things

Headteacher Rachel Legge was heaped with praise by inspectors for maintaining her school’s good work and bringing about effective changes.

The school on Clitheroe Road, Ansdell, maintained its good rating after its last inspection in 2011.

Lead inspector Naomi Taylor said: “The headteacher has effectively led several whole school changes.

“[She] provides a clear sense of direction for the school. All staff share her vision for pupils to reach their full potential in their academic achievement and personal development.”

The inspection took place in early July, while building work was taking place to allow for another early years classroom.

And the inspectors found: “Throughout their time in the early years, children develop a genuine eagerness to learn new things.”

It was also noted:

• Teaching is typically good across the school and some is outstanding.

• Teachers plan well for the different abilities of individual pupils.

The school was also praised for having some high achieving students working at Key Stage Three level in maths, as well as having “several pupils who excel in music and sport.”

It has now been advised it can further improve by ensuring “expectations of what pupils can achieve” is always high, and that “teachers consistently provide precise guidance on how pupils can improve their work”.