PRIMARY school staff have been celebrating their recent Ofsted rating after huge improvements since its last inspection.

After previously being rated as Ofsted's lowest grade of 'Inadequate' in 2016, Leigh CE primary school remained in special measures following a progress report two years later.

However, after joining The Wings CE Trust under a multi-academy trust, the Henrietta Street primary school has been recognised for its marked improvements following an Ofsted inspection in April.

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Leigh Journal: Pupils at Leigh CE Primary SchoolPupils at Leigh CE Primary School (Image: Leigh CE Primary School)

Rated 'Good' in almost all areas of its inspection, the Ofsted report states that all pupils are welcome, happy, and made to feel part of the school community, irrespective of their faith or background. 

Inspectors state that pupils "work hard to meet the high expectations" that school leaders set, with an "ambitious" curriculum and ongoing training for all year groups.

Pupils are said to be polite and respectful to staff and one another, behave well, and are well supported by staff and school leaders.

Schoolkids with special education needs or disabilities (SEND) are also said to be identified and supported, and achieve well in their subjects, often with appropriately adapted learning activities. 

Across the board, the school scored 'Good' in its quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, and in leadership and management.

However, inspectors did note that the school's early years provision did "require improvement".

The report states that early years education is disrupted at times due to "unclear" teaching plans and the behaviour of other children, leaving some children "not as well prepared for the next stage of their education as they should be".

Leigh Journal: Leigh CE Primary School, on Henrietta StreetLeigh CE Primary School, on Henrietta Street (Image: Google Maps)

Headteacher, Clare Oxborough, added “I am delighted to welcome this report for our school, reflecting the hard work and effort of our entire school community.

"Each day our staff provide care, nurture and have the highest expectation for each and every child. 

"We aim to provide the very best for all our children and will strive to continue on our journey of improvement.

"Our Ofsted inspector shared how the children were polite, well-mannered, respectful, and an absolute credit to the school - a comment to make any headteacher incredibly proud!"