Transformed school is aiming for further improvement

Counc Matthew Tomlinson, Chair of Governors, James Harris, Head Boy, Izzy Davies, Head Girl and Mrs Kathryn Melling, Head Teacher, at Leyland Methodist Junior School.
Counc Matthew Tomlinson, Chair of Governors, James Harris, Head Boy, Izzy Davies, Head Girl and Mrs Kathryn Melling, Head Teacher, at Leyland Methodist Junior School.

A primary school deemed inadequate just four years ago is celebrating its latest Ofsted report.

Leyland Methodist Junior School has been rated as ‘Good’ in all areas following a visit by inspectors.

Head teacher Kathryn Melling said: “Naturally, I am delighted that Ofsted have recognised the efforts of the entire school community in transforming our school.

“Over the last four years, my entire focus has been improving the educational standards we offer to the fantastic children which parents place in our care. “We have managed to build a wonderful and inspiring staff team.

“As such, our school is now well placed to improve even further and I know we are all excited about the future.

“This inspection result represents a significant step forward for our school and I know that we all remain ambitious to continue our journey towards excellence.”

Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, chair of the board of governors, said: “The recognition that we are continuing to improve the educational life of our children is just reward for the enormous amount of hard work and dedication that has been shown by everyone at our school in recent years.

“I’d like to thank my fellow Governors, the head teacher, Mrs Melling, her staff, our parents and, of course, our wonderful children for all their efforts in making Leyland Methodist Junior School what it is today.

“In particular, I’d like to offer my personal thanks to Mrs Melling.

“Her commitment, her ambition and her unwavering belief in our children has been an inspiration to all.”

Rated as ‘Good’ in the report were: Effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare and outcomes for pupils.

It found: “The headteacher and senior leaders provide effective leadership for this good school. They have established a culture where staff and pupils are valued and can thrive. This has led to rapid improvements in the quality of teaching and pupil behaviour.

“Pupil outcomes are now good. Current learners, including the most able, make at least good and sometimes better progress.

“Disadvantaged pupils and those who are disabled or have special educational needs benefit from carefully focused support.

“This helps them make good progress from their starting points.

“The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good.

“Attendance is high.”