Outstanding school recognised by Ofsted for exceptional approach to pupil development

In a recent Ofsted inspection, St Andrew’s CofE Primary School in Boothstown, Worsley, has been commended for its outstanding commitment to fostering pupils’ personal development and education. 

Salford City Council has praised the school for the rating and its commitment to providing a high quality education that prepares them well for life after school.

Melissa Caslake, Executive Director of Children’s Services, said: “We’re very pleased that the school’s great work with pupils has been recognised with an outstanding Ofsted rating. They work hard to provide excellent support to their pupils.” 

St Andrew’s CofE Primary School headteacher Mike Platt said: “I’m so pleased that the school has received this outstanding grade. Our dedicated staff are proud to work here and all contribute to supporting our pupils to thrive and reach the highest standards possible in their education. Our school’s approach to education ensures pupils not only excel academically but also grow into respectful and well-rounded young people.”

The council is committed to working in partnership to ensure Salford is a great place for children to grow up in, learn and develop the skills they need to get good jobs and stay here in the city.

Ensuring Salford is a child-friendly city is the central aim of the council’s corporate plane which shows how it will manage council services for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors over the next four years.

“Pupils thrive at this school. Relationships between pupils and staff are built on high levels of trust and respect. Pupils are happy at school and delight in all that it has to offer. Throughout the school, pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. They are kind, courteous and well mannered. 

“Pupils tackle new learning with enthusiasm. They enjoy the challenges that each day brings. The school also places great importance on developing pupils socially and emotionally. The impressive range of opportunities that are available nurture pupils’ talents and interests. Pupils benefit from residential visits, golf and sailing alongside a range of sporting and arts-based clubs. Such activities allow pupils to develop their confidence, team building and leadership skills.

“A variety of additional clubs help to develop pupils’ talents and interests. The ‘mini and junior Duke’ awards support pupils to develop a wide range of life skills. These include completing risk assessments prior to an activity and acts of kindness towards family members and others in the community. 

“From the very start of their time at the school, pupils learn how to behave. They do so exceptionally well. Pupils engage fully in lessons and demonstrate exceptional attitudes to learning.

“The school places great importance on pupils’ attendance and punctuality. Well established systems allow the school to monitor pupils’ rates of attendance effectively. The school supports pupils and their families when their attendance falls below the expected levels. This work is very successful. It brings about swift and sustained improvements.”

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