Lightcliffe Primary is a happy place to attend

Good Ofsted report at Lightcliffe CE Primary School.'Headteacher Charles Woodbridge with members of the school council, from the left, Laura Knightley, nine, Martha Ramsay, eight, and Thomas Webb, ten.
Good Ofsted report at Lightcliffe CE Primary School.'Headteacher Charles Woodbridge with members of the school council, from the left, Laura Knightley, nine, Martha Ramsay, eight, and Thomas Webb, ten.

Lightcliffe CE Primary School is a happy school for children to attend according to Ofsted inspectors who rated it as good.

The inspection by Ray Biglin in November found that the vast majority of pupils, including those with special educational needs, make good progress from their starting points and enjoy attending.

Attainment is well above average in maths when they leave Knowle Top Road school and they achieve well in both reading and writing.

Good teaching was identified and the use of attractive resources engage pupils’ interest and help them to achieve well, he says. “In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children make good progress in all areas of learning as a result of well organised and imaginative teaching.

“They develop their ability to speak and listen particularly well,” he said.

“The school provides well for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, which is reflected in the good behaviour around the school and in classrooms.

“Pupils are courteous and welcoming. They enjoy their learning and are keen to do well.”

Attendance is consistently above average at the school.

“The head teacher and deputy head teacher have a good understanding of how to improve teaching and raise achievement for all pupils.

“This is shown by the increased focus on observing teaching and the introduction of a rigorous system to check the rate of progress of every pupil. Consequently, the school is well placed to further improve,” said Mr Biglin.

Head teacher Charles Woodbridge said: “The report is a good reflection of the quality of work our staff do and the achievements of our children.

“In the report there are various areas we need to improve and work on so we can reach those outstanding marks. Staff and the school governors are delighted where we are so far and are looking to push the school forward.

“The staff were also appreciative of the letter they received from the LEA praising the school for the report and everyone’s efforts.”

The school has two areas that need to be improved.