Now on the right path to becoming a good school

Headteacher Kathryn Melling at Leyland Methodist Junior School
Headteacher Kathryn Melling at Leyland Methodist Junior School

Leaders are leaving ‘no stone unturned’ in their quest to improve standards at a Leyland school.

Leyland Methodist Junior School, on Canberra Road, was taken out of special measures in November, but told that improvements were needed to ensure it strives for the ‘good’ status.

Following a monitoring inspection which has just been published, Ofsted has ruled that the school still ‘requires improvement’, but praises the measures being taken.

Inspector Drew Crawshaw wrote: “The headteacher, with the support of other leaders and governors, has ensured that improving the quality of teaching is the number one priority in the drive to raise standards across the school.

“The school improvement plan is well thought out and gives appropriate actions to address the main areas for improvement.

“The journey towards becoming a good school is gathering impetus because leaders are making effective use of the expertise of external partners.

“Recent minutes of meetings show that governors leave no stone unturned in order that they have a clear and accurate picture of the rate of progress being made by the school.”

The report adds: “The school should take further action to improve the quality of teaching by establishing links with other good and outstanding schools so that teachers and, as a consequence their pupils, benefit from observing good practice elsewhere.”