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Good rating for Lanesfield Primary School

A Wolverhampton primary school has been rated Good by Ofsted, which found it has maintained the quality of education it is providing to pupils

Inspector Edward Masterson visited Lanesfield Primary School last month, and found that Headteacher Zoe Rollinson leads "with vision and drive" and ensures that pupils' learning and wellbeing are at the centre of the school's work.

Together with her leadership team, Mrs Rollinson ensures "that strong teaching and high teacher expectations are modelled" across the Newman Avenue school. Governors "have a good understanding of the school's strengths and weaknesses" and provide the leadership team with a "balance of constructive challenge and support".

Pupils make good progress, which is reflected in the standards reached at the end of Year 6, with the proportion of children reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics above average.

The school has increased the level of challenge for its most able pupils and developed the skills of subject leaders, while it has raised the quality of teaching and expectations of pupils to improve standards in writing to mirror those seen in reading and mathematics. Innovative initiatives are in place to help pupils develop their skills including Writing Warriors, which sees older pupils work alongside younger children to coach and support their writing.

Pupils "enjoy school, value their lessons and are able to talk about their ambitions for the future". Carefully chosen topics capture their imaginations, with pupils taking great pride in their work. One pupil told Mr Masterson: "I get to write about things I am really interested in. I like to write about history and imagine what life was like in Ancient Egypt."

There is a "strong culture of safeguarding in the school"; staff know how to identify any signs of harm and take appropriate action if they are concerned.

Mrs Rollinson said: "Whilst we are delighted to achieve an Ofsted rating of a Good school, it consolidates four years of continuous change at Lanesfield resulting in a team that I believe is capable of taking the school forward to Outstanding."

Councillor Lynne Moran, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "I would like to congratulate everyone at Lanesfield Primary School on this Good inspection report. Zoe Rollinson and her team are working hard for their pupils and I am pleased that their efforts have been recognised by Ofsted."

  • released: Wednesday 18 July, 2018