School steps up in Ofsted rankings

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A SCHOOL has stepped up a gear to provide a better learning experience for children.

Whitburn Village Primary School has moved from satisfactory to good in the Ofsted rankings, following an inspection in July.

Lead inspector Alan Sergison said pupils achieve well and make good progress, reaching standards above the national average in reading, writing and maths by the end of Year 6.

Teaching at the school, on Cleadon Lane, Whitburn, was described as at least good and on occasion, outstanding.

Leadership was said to have been strengthened since the last inspection. Mr Sergison added: “Pupils feel happy and safe in school. They behave well in lessons and around the school and demonstrate positive attitudes towards their learning.

“Governors carry out their responsibilities effectively and are confident in holding leaders to account for the school’s performance.

“As a result, teaching and achievement are rising and this is an improving school.

“Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the work of the school and feel that their children are very well cared for.”

Headteacher Judith Merriman said the report’s findings validate the school’s own judgement of itself.

She said: “We are delighted with the report, which reflects the hard work and dedication of pupils, staff and parents.

“This has been a team effort to move the school from its longstanding ‘satisfactory’ judgements to ‘good’.

“Everyone involved in our school community are now working towards achieving an ‘outstanding’ judgement at our next inspection.

“We want our children to have the very best experience of education and for them to learn in a safe and welcoming environment.”