Press release: New Ofsted report welcomed at Penkford

New Ofsted report welcomed at Penkford

Staff, parents and governors have welcomed a new Ofsted report that confirmed Penkford School in Newton-le-Willows has moved up to a ‘good’rating.

The day maintained special school for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties was previously graded as ‘requires improvement’following its last inspection in 2013.

However inspectors concluded that head teacher Julie Johnson and her team had ‘successfully moved the school forward’ when they visited last month – praising her ‘clear focus’ on pupils’ learning and wellbeing.

The new report also highlighted an improvement in pupils’ attendance, good behaviour in lessons and around school – and the fact that pupils’ personal development and wellbeing were at the forefront of the school’s work.

“They are well supervised, kept safe and cared for,” said inspectors.

“Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is encouraged, especially in regard to British values such as tolerance and respect.”

Teachers at the school were praised for the way they work with teaching support staff to encourage engagement in lessons – with all staff consistently following the school’s policy on teaching and learning.

“We’re delighted with our latest Ofsted report,” said Julie. “Leadership and governance are described as being strengths of the school and our partnership working has been praised. Staff, pupils, parents/carers and Governors have all worked very hard to move our school forward. We are now on the journey to become outstanding.” St Helens Council’s Strategic Director People’s Services Mike Wyatt said: “I’m delighted for the children and parents at Penkford and would like to commend the staff and governors who have all worked hard to help the school improve and secure this judgement.”