Hoddlesden school pride at quadruple success

Lancashire Telegraph: Head Bernadette  Bickerton and pupils celebrate the school’s success Head Bernadette Bickerton and pupils celebrate the school’s success

A VILLAGE primary school has enjoyed an ‘outstanding’ year after getting the top rating in four different inspections.

St Paul’s Primary School in Hoddlesden started the year in style, receiving an ‘outstanding’ rating from Government school inspectorate Ofsted in January.

It then went on to achieve the top score in its National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist inspection, as well as its financial audit and fire safety inspection.

The school had previously had a ‘good’ rating in its previous inspection six years ago, but was promoted to ‘outstanding’ after inspectors visited in the New Year.

Headteacher Bernadette Bickerton, who has been credited with ‘turning the school around’ since starting a decade ago, said: “It has been an incredible year.

“It felt as though once everything had died down from one inspection we got the call to say another was imminent.

“I am immensley proud of everyone here, though. The pupils and staff are amazing.

“And the governors are brilliant. They really do support us.”

When Ofsted visited, lead inspector David Law reported: “Teaching is outstanding. Classrooms buzz with excitement.

“Pupils say lessons are fun and they respond eagerly to the stimulating activities teachers provide.

“The headteacher’s excellent leadership is unfaltering in expecting the very best for every pupil.

“All staff share this relentless drive for improvement and teamwork is excellent.”

And after being inspected by the Church of England in June, assessor Christine Berry said: “Christian values are at the heart of the life of school.

“Excellent relationships and concern for each valued individual mean that this is a happy and secure place to learn or work.

“Achievement is outstanding and children enjoy their education.

“Vibrant collective worship makes an excellent contribution to personal development and children grow into caring, responsible and compassionate individuals.”

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