Good Ofsted report for Leyburn Primary School

Children at Leyburn Primary School celebrate the good report.

Leyburn Primary School leaders have welcomed the results of a recent Ofsted inspection which rated the school ‘good’.

The report, published this week after an inspection in November, concluded  that “pupils thrive during their time at Leyburn Primary School” and that “teachers have high expectations of all pupils”.

The school was last inspected 14 years ago when it was graded ‘outstanding’

But headteacher Sarah Beveridge said this was under a different inspection framework.

She said: “Leyburn has been graded as ‘good’ in all areas.

“We are delighted with this as it has validated our own assessment of the school.

“The process was rigorous and has recognised our many strengths as well as providing clear areas for us to continue
to improve.”

Mrs Beveridge said the inspectors found reading to be a particular strength, which was reinforced with the school’s SATS results of 94 per cent achieving the expected standard for year six last year, when the national average is 74 per cent.

“Similarly, teaching and learning in maths were reported on very positively.

“The work that we have done on the curriculum and mental health and well-being over many years was also recognised.

“The report clearly celebrates the effectiveness of the whole school community, which is something that all visitors
notice when they come into school.

“More importantly, throughout the inspection, it was the children who shone and they certainly shine from the pages of the report.

“We are very proud of them and are certain that you will be too.”

Richard Jowett, chair of governors, said: “The school governors are very pleased with the outcome of the Ofsted inspection.

“Our visits and contact with pupils and the teaching team have confirmed that Leyburn Primary is a very good learning
environment with a dedicated, hard-working and well led teaching team.”

Several areas for improvement were outlined by inspectors.

The report said that the curriculum did not cover cultural diversity in enough depth.

“This means pupils do not have rich opportunities to develop an understanding of the multicultural nature of modern Britain,” it added.

To read the report in full click here.