MOYALLON Primary School is providing a ‘very good’ quality of education for its pupils, according to a recent inspection report.
The rural school, which last year had an enrolment of 189 pupils, was inspected in April, with the focus on literacy and numeracy, provision for learning, and leadership and management.
The use of ICT to support learning and the school’s arrangements for pastoral care were also evaluated.
Inspectors highlighted the strengths of the school, including the ‘highly motivated and confident children who readily engage with their learning’ and the ‘good to outstanding’ teaching.
The provision and standards achieved by the children in numeracy were described as ‘very good’ as were standards in reading and talking and listening.
The report praised the ‘caring, inclusive and supportive’ environment for children with special educational needs, the effective leadership of principal John Priestley and vice-principal ? and the staff’s ‘diligent and collegiate approach’ to school development.
In the area of learning, inspectors noted that most of the children are working at or above a level commensurate with their age in both English and maths.
Across the key stages, the children were said to have very good talking and listening skills and experience a variety of approaches to reading, being encouraged to read for research, personal interest and leisure.
The standard of written work achieved by the children is good and ICT is effectively integrated into classroom activities.
In maths and numeracy, the report said the children had benefitted from the recent, whole-school focus on the four operations in maths, which was evident in their ‘quick and accurate recall of number facts’.
Quality of teaching ranged from ‘outstanding to satisfactory’. The report said, “In the best practice, the teachers had high expectations, effectively differentiated the teaching and matched the work to both challenge and support the children’s individual needs.”
For those children with special educational needs (SEN), the quality of provision was assessed as ‘very good’. “The school gives a high priority to those children who require support with their learning and allocates a substantial resource to improving the children’s learning,”the report said.
It added, “There is a very inclusive and welcoming ethos for children with SEN in the school; the children are identified at an early stage through the appropriate use of the teachers’ professional judgements, diagnostics and class tests.”
AIn addition, arrangements for pastoral care are very good, the children are friendly and welcoming the their behaviour is exemplary. “An inclusive and supportive ethos permeates the school; the staff places a strong emphasis on the development of the children’s self-worth and confidence, and on the celebration of their work and achievements,” inspectors said.
In conclusion, Moyallon PS was described as meeting very effectively the educational and pastoral needs of the children and demonstrating its capacity for sustained self-improvement.