Threlkeld CE Primary School had its most recent Ofsted inspection in January 2017
Unlike our previous inspections, this inspection was the first of the new-style Short Inspections. Her Majesty’s Inspector visited us for one day with the purpose of reaffirming that the school remained a Good school. They looked in particular at the progress that the children make, and whether our safeguarding procedures are effective.
The Inspector wrote to the headteacher Mrs Katharine Horder and said: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You demonstrate strong leadership, with a quiet determination to provide the best possible outcomes for your pupils.”
Highlights of the inspection include:
- The pupils are very well behaved. They are polite and well-mannered at all times in lessons and around school.
- Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the school, value the open communication they have with staff and say “The school offers a supportive environment for every child to thrive in.”
- The pupils say they enjoy school. This is echoed by parents and confirmed by pupils’ good attendance. This is as a result of the individual care and attention which pupils receive.
- Safeguarding is effective. The strong culture of safeguarding is evident across every aspect of the school’s work. The staff know each pupil well and provide high levels of nurture and support. The governors ensure that all policies and procedures are in place, including checks on teachers and governors.
- Sports funding has been spent to increase the sporting provision in the school. As a result, pupils have aches to a wide range of sporting opportunities and have the skill and confidence to enter, and win, local sports competitions.
- Parents and pupils value your broad curriculum and the additional opportunities provided after school. Pupils succeed in a wide range of subjects, including art and music. All pupils learn to play the recorder and the clarinet.
- Subject leaders understand the strengths and areas for development and track pupils’ progress to inform their next steps.
- The presence of well-established routines and high expectations means very little learning time is lost.
- Phonics is taught well.
- The Early Years leaders have a good understanding of children’s early development. The last full inspection of Threlkeld School was in February 2012.
Message from the Headteacher:
I was utterly delighted by the behaviour and conduct of the children throughout the day. The children who were interviewed by the Inspector gave impressive answers to her many questions. I was also very proud of the staff, as ever, who were thoroughly professional and inspirational. Thank you also to you the parents for, as the inspector described it, your “overwhelming support”.
Church of England Inspection Report