Primary school makes impressive comeback

Arts & Education
Tanks to what headteacher Simon Wright describes as phenomenally hard work, St Paul’s C of E Primary School, Stalybridge, has received a “good” rating in its latest Ofsted report.
It is a remarkable achievement as less than 18 months ago the Huddersfield Road school was put into special measures.
“We’ve achieved this turnaround by focusing on what we needed to do. We can’t put it down to one thing as there has been progress across all areas and a real team effort,” said Mr Wright.
“St Paul’s has worked with Tameside Council, with the Diocese of Chester, and with partners and other schools. Parents have been very supportive and there has been some phenomenally hard work from staff and pupils.
“I must also mention the governors, who have been very strong and dedicated.”
The Ofsted report compliments the school’s leaders, managers and governors for showing a strong and relentless determination to improve.
It notes pupils are now making good progress because of good teaching, and that their achievement has steadily improved in all subjects. Senior leaders and staff are praised for working tirelessly to raise expectations across the school which is described as safe and friendly.
Children are complimented on their good behaviour and on their desire to learn and show positive attitudes.
The report also suggests St Paul’s could be rated as outstanding once the changes outlined in last year’s inspection are fully embedded.
Cllr Lynn Travis, Tameside Council’s executive member for lifelong learning, commented: “I would like to congratulate everybody involved with St Paul’s, Stalybridge, on an exceptional achievement.
“As the headteacher, Mr Wright, says, they have worked extremely hard to implement the necessary changes. I’m sure the school will get even better as time passes.”