THE standards and progression of a Leigh school have been hailed by Ofsted inspectors.

A newly published Ofsted inspection report shows that Leigh Central Primary School ‘continues to be good’ and is ‘now in an even stronger position than when it was last judged to be good’ in June 2012.

Dawn Hurst, headteacher of the Windermere Road school, said: "We are delighted that Ofsted recognised the hard work and dedication of the fantastic team of staff who go above and beyond to make sure that all our children and families have a wonderful school experience at Leigh Central."

The report praises a ‘truly inclusive school where every pupil is valued’ and where ‘staff nurture pupils and help them to thrive and achieve’.

Inspectors also complimented the strong leadership team for ‘creating a family ethos in the school which sits alongside a culture of high expectations.’

The report added: "Pupils really enjoy coming to school. They are enthusiastic about their learning and value the support that they receive from teachers and other adults."

Mrs Hurst said: "We are all very proud of our unique and special school and its achievements.

"Our children and their families are what makes all the hard work worthwhile and I want to say a huge thank you to everyone for their commitment to ensure Leigh Central continues to go from strength to strength."

Chair of governors Gareth Cheesman said: "I am very proud to be a governor at Leigh Central and so pleased that Ofsted confirmed my opinion of the strength of the school.

"The passion shown by staff for the progress of each individual child is exceptional in my opinion, an opinion supported by the progress children make during their time with us.

"We are not however complacent and must now strive to do even better in spite of the constraints laid upon us by the cuts in education funding."