A KENDAL primary school has been heavily praised by education watchdog Ofsted.

Inspectors spent two days at Castle Park School in late March and have now released their findings.

The report graded the Sedbergh Drive school, which has 264 pupils, as ‘good’ — the second highest level achievable.

“I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of the whole school community has been recognised and celebrated by the Ofsted inspectors,”said headteacher Helen Richardson.


“Castle Park is a good school in all areas with outstanding spiritual, social, moral and cultural development.

“The school works determinedly to provide a good education with exciting and purposeful learning opportunities for all pupils so that they are well prepared for their future.

“The good and outstanding teaching ensures that pupils have good attitudes and behaviour, are interested and greatly enjoy their learning.”

The report reads: “Pupils have many opportunities to explore the wider world and benefit from a good range of educational visits and interactions with people from a range of different backgrounds.

“Pupils treat each other with respect and are generally eager to learn.”

It adds: “Parents are unanimous in their support of the school. They report that their children are happy, safe and cared for well.

“The strong leadership of the headteacher promotes a consistent approach to learning across the school. Increasingly, pupils are given time to reflect on what they learn, how they learn and whether or not they have done well enough.”

The inspectors were also impressed by the attitude of pupils.

“Pupils are proud of their school,” the report states. “This pride is evident in the exceptional care taken by most pupils with the presentation of their work and in the high quality displays they contribute to around the school.”

The report added: “Governors know the school inside out. They are very well informed about pupils’ achievement because they constantly review the school’s performance data.”