Inspectors find Boughton Leigh Juniors making good progress

Parental fines for school absences has spiralled by 61%
Parental fines for school absences has spiralled by 61%

A junior school in Brownsover has been awarded its highest Ofsted grade in ten years.

Boughton Leigh Junior School, in Wetherell Way, has been rated ‘good’ by the inspectors.

The school’s leadership and management was rated ‘outstanding’, along with pupil safety and behaviour.

This is an improvement on the school’s previous grade of ‘requires improvement’, which stated it needed to improve in all areas of inspection.

Headteacher Carl Thorton said the school had never been rated ‘outstanding’ in any areas before.

He added: “It is a huge achievement for our school and is the culmination of a great deal of hard work from pupils, staff and governors.

“We are so proud and everyone connected with our school, including the Brownsover community, now has something really positive to shout about.

“The aim now is to get to Outstanding in all four areas and there is a great feeling that this is a real possibility.”

Ofsted carried out the inspection on June 18 and 19.

The report stated that pupils were above average in maths and English by the end of year six, and the rapidly improving teaching was ‘consistently good and sometimes outstanding’.

According to the report, ‘the head teacher and deputy head teacher provide outstanding leadership’.

Mr Thornton added: “We are working towards ensuring that more of our teaching is outstanding through professional development and peer coaching for teachers.

“We will not be taking our foot off the accelerator any time soon. This is the best position we have been in for ten years.”

Ofsted said teachers needed to adjust lessons to take into account student responses and needed to encourage students to explore creative possibilities arising from their work in mathematics.

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About Ofsted’s ratings

Outstanding - highly effective in delivering outcomes that provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs.

Good - effective in delivering outcomes that provide well for all its pupils’ needs.

Requires Improvement - not yet a good school, but it is not inadequate.

Inadequate - has serious weaknesses, is inadequate overall and requires significant improvement but leadership and management are judged to be Grade 3 or better.

Inadequate schools with inadequate leadership are placed into special measures.