Clifton Primary School, located on Clitheroe Road, was inspected by OFSTED during the busy festive period just two days before the Christmas break.  The official report was published on 17th January, 2020. This six page report confirms that this local school, with 247 pupils aged from 4 to 11, continues to be rated as ‘Good’, for the fourth successive time since 2009.

Children and parents were overwhelmingly most positive about the Ansdell School.  Moreover, the report states that the pupils behave well because they want to learn. Pupils told the inspector that bullying does not happen. Children said that in the past there had been some name-calling but the teachers dealt with it quickly, consequently it was not repeated. Pupils also appreciated the wide range of sports and clubs on offer.

The curriculum at Clifton is broad and interesting, developing children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in a range of subjects. Science is particularly mentioned as a strength of the school. Pupils learn and use a wide range of scientific vocabulary from an early age. The science subject leader has led training to improve teachers’ expertise in this subject.

Although the inspectorate found that Science is a strength of the school, they also commented that senior leaders should ensure the subject leaders for reading and science (which seems out of context considering the highlighted positive impact of this leader in promoting science within the school) receive regular professional development training. Doing so would help them to deliver the curriculum with greater levels of expertise so that pupils achieve better.

To further improve the school, the inspectorate states that whilst Governors have a good understanding of pupils’ achievement in English and mathematics, they do not have a full knowledge of standards that pupils achieve in the wider curriculum. Senior leaders must provide governors with information about pupils’ broader achievement. Governors must use this to ask questions and hold leaders to account for pupils’ achievement in subjects beyond English and mathematics.

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