Helmshore Primary School was last inspected by OFSTED on the 13th/14th March 2012. We are very proud of their verdict, ‘This is an outstanding school’.
To view our past three inspection reports, please click on the dates below:
Key Findings …
This is an outstanding school. Comments such as, ‘Helmshore is a truly magnificent school.’ confirm parents’ and carers’ very positive views of the school. The school exceeds national targets because pupils, staff and leaders, with the strong support of parents and carers, have high expectations and a relentless focus on wanting to do even better. This stems from the highly effective leadership of the headteacher and the leadership team.
Pupils make rapid progress and achievement is outstanding. From a starting point expected for their age children get off to an exceptionally good start and achieve outstandingly well in the Early Years Foundation Stage. This excellent start is built on effectively, resulting in pupils’ attainment being above average in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6.
The leadership and management of teaching is first class resulting in the overall quality of teaching being outstanding. Lessons move at a very fast pace and teachers are highly effective in ensuring that pupils know exactly what they need to do and how to do it.
Behaviour is outstanding. Incidents of bullying or racial harassment are few and far between, and dealt with exceedingly well. Pupils have a very good understanding of how to keep themselves safe in various situations, including when using the internet.
Leadership and management are outstanding. The management of performance is highly effective with a very precise focus on meeting pupils’ individual needs. This is a key element of the school’s success. Teaching is closely monitored leading to effective targeting of staff training. The good curriculum has some outstanding features. However, while very good attention is given to ensuring pupils use and develop their reading, writing and mathematical skills opportunities are sometimes missed in lessons for pupils to apply their good information and communication technology (ICT) skills in other subjects.
OFSTED Inspection Reports