A PRIMARY school which was told it required improvement is now ‘good’, Ofsted inspectors have said.

They found children at Sacred Heart RC Primary School, in Bradshaw Row, Church, ‘get off to a good start’ and make good progress.

Stephen Wall, lead inspector, said in his report: “Since the previous inspection. the progress that pupils make has accelerated.

“The proportion making good progress has grown and now compares favourably to national figures.

“There is a strong commitment to ensure that all pupils do equally well.

“The quality of teaching has improved. It is good with some that is outstanding. Teachers have a sharp focus on enabling most pupils to make rapid progress.

“The improvements that have taken place are the result of strong and effective leadership and management with good support from the local authority. Team work is strong across the school in the desire to make the school better.”

He said the school could improve further as not enough pupils made good progress for achievement to be outstanding.

Mr Wall added: “Work is not always challenging enough for pupils, especially for the most able, and the quality of marking is inconsistent.

“Questioning is not used consistently well to deepen pupils’ understanding and learning in all classes.

“Expectations of the progress that pupils should make are not always challenging enough.”