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The ambitious Accrington school with brilliant pupils, teachers and governors

3 October 2022 (by Hyndburn Park (Technician))

The school has been praised by Ofsted for its ‘ambitious curriculum’ that meets the needs of pupils

Pupils and staff are celebrating after their school was given a glowing report by Ofsted.

Hyndburn Park Primary School has been praised for its ‘ambitious curriculum’ that meets the needs of pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and those pupils with SEND.

The Accrington school was awarded with an overall ‘Good’ rating after an inspection conducted by Ofsted inspectors in June.

Headteacher Joanne Hardwick said: “We are delighted with our Ofsted report as it reflects what we know about our school. The children are a total credit to both their parents and to us; they are well behaved and eager to learn.

“We have an amazing team who work incredibly hard to provide the best learning opportunities, so our whole school community can continue to dream, believe and achieve.”

The educational institution was awarded with a ‘Good’ rating for the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and early years provision.

The Ofsted report reads: “Leaders have constructed subject curriculums so that pupils build logically on the skills and knowledge that they have learned in the early years. Highly knowledgeable and skilled governors support and challenge school leaders to make sure pupils access the curriculum and achieve.”

Assessors suggested a few ways the school can improve, including making sure pupils have enough opportunities to develop further their sporting and artistic skills and abilities.

The report states: “In a small number of subjects, where leaders have made changes to the curriculum, they have not checked on how well these changes are being implemented by all teachers.

“This means some teachers do not receive sufficient guidance to deliver these curriculums as intended.”

However, inspectors praised leaders for putting in place effective assessment systems to help teachers to identify learning that pupils may have missed or forgotten.

They recognised that staff are trained appropriately to support pupils with SEND and say leaders have effective mechanisms in place to identify pupils’ additional needs at the earliest opportunity.