‘Im­prov­ing’ school gets good marks

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

A‘RAPIDLY im­prov­ing’ school is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter get­ting a thumbs up from ed­u­ca­tion in­spec­tors.

Bro­ken Cross Pri­mary Acad­emy was strug­gling three years ago af­ter a poor set of re­sults and fall­ing pupil num­bers.

It was res­cued when it was in­cor­po­rated into the Fal­li­b­roome Trust - a col­lec­tion of four pri­mary schools sup­ported by Fal- li­b­roome Acad­emy.

Now, teach­ers and gov­er­nors have been given a pos­i­tive re­port achiev­ing ‘good’ in four out of five ar­eas in­clud­ing: lead­er­ship and man­age­ment; qual­ity of teach­ing; learning and as­sess­ment; per­sonal de­vel­op­ment; be­hav­iour and wel­fare; and early years pro­vi­sion.

But the school must do more to im­prove its ‘out­comes for pupils’, which the school blames of ‘legacy is­sues’.

Of­sted re­sults in found that 2016 show pupils’ progress and writ­ing ‘well be­low na­tional ex­pec­ta­tions’, but ac­cepted that ‘good lead­er­ship and teach­ing have not been in place long enough to have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on out­comes for pupils’. Of­sted also ex­pressed con­cern that teach­ers’ ex­pec­ta­tions of what pupils can achieve were ‘not con­sis­tently high, par­tic­u­larly for writ­ing and the most able pupils’ and while at­ten­dance had im­proved over­all, ‘a mi­nor­ity of pupils do not come to school regu- larly enough’.

Peter Ru­bery, ex­ec­u­tive prin­ci­pal of Fal­li­b­roome Trust, said: “We were dis­ap­pointed that a school that has been judged to be ‘good’ in four out of five ar­eas was not judged to be good over­all but we un­der­stand the con­straints of the in­spec­tion frame­work. The in­spec­tor made it very clear that ev­ery­thing she ob­served was good or bet­ter and we are con­fi­dent that pupils’ out­come in the sum­mer of 2017 will re­flect the ex­cel­lence of the school.”

Nick Man­nion, chair of gov­er­nors, said he was de­lighted that Of­sted found the school ‘calm and pur­pose­ful’, adding: “It was pleas­ing that the in­spec­tor con­firmed that good re­la­tion­ships and high qual­ity teach­ing by a ded­i­cated team of teach­ers and as­sis­tants in­spired pupils to show a gen­uine en­thu­si­asm for learning.”

Head­teacher Donna Lewis said she is de­lighted Of­sted ac­knowl­edged the pride pupils and parents feel for their school, adding: “The fact that our re­cep­tion class is over­sub­scribed for Septem­ber il­lus­trates the con­fi­dence of the com­mu­nity and our strong part­ner­ship with parents.”

Bro­ken Cross pupils and staff cel­e­brate their ‘good’ Of­sted mark

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