A Burnley primary school has retained its good rating following an inspection by Ofsted.

Springfield Community Primary School in Oxford Road was inspected over two days on May 1 and 2 and a report into Ofsted’s findings was published earlier this week.

The school had been rated good in its previous two inspections prior to this one, maintaining their status following a requires improvement rating in 2013.

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The report said” Pupils try their best to live up to the raised expectations the school has for their achievement. Some pupils are beginning to benefit from the improvements made to the curriculum.”

Despite this, it said some pupils still had “considerable” gaps in their knowledge in some subjects, hampering their progress and meaning they do not achieve as well as they should.

Pupils were said to benefit from a wide range of clubs, trips, and leadership opportunities, such as visiting different places of worship, while some enjoyed developing their cooking skills in the pasta club.

The report continued: “Over time, pupils’ progress and attainment at the end of Year 6 has been significantly below the national average. The school and members of the governing body have taken steps to improve pupils’ achievement.

“To this end, the school has spent time renewing subject curriculums. However, this work is not having enough impact. This is because the school has not identified the key knowledge that pupils should learn.

“The school successfully promotes a love of reading. For example, through regular role play, pupils across the school are encouraged to immerse themselves into stories.

"Parents and carers are also invited to ‘stay and read’ sessions each week to share the enjoyment of reading with their children.

“Pupils are polite and respectful towards each other. The new behaviour policy is used effectively by most staff. This has helped to create a calm and orderly atmosphere around school.”

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Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) do not achieve well according to the report due to their education not being as effective as the school intends.

The safeguarding arrangements are said to be effective.