A PRIMARY school in Kirkby Lonsdale has received a 'good' Ofsted rating in its latest inspection report. 

The report ranked St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, in Kendal Road, as 'good' in all areas following an inspection on January 24 and 25 2023.

According to the inspection there is 'enough evidence of improved performance' to suggest that the school could be 'judged outstanding' if they were to carry out a graded (section 5) inspection.

The report said: "Leaders and staff have very high expectations for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

"Pupils have a thirst for knowledge. Starting in the early years and throughout key stages 1 and 2, pupils develop very positive attitudes to their learning.

"This is because teachers provide pupils with a rich and exciting range of experiences. Teachers encourage pupils to talk with each other about their work. This helps pupils remember key information and to achieve well.

"Pupils enjoy a wide range of vivid and memorable experiences that enhance their learning and personal development.

"For instance, pupils relished their lessons with a resident artist, singing in the community and their residential visits to Liverpool and the Lake District. Older pupils diligently carry out their responsibilities as reading ambassadors and as helpers in the Nursery and Reception classes."

The report also mentions that pupils are 'safe and happy in school' and 'enjoy respectful relationships with staff.'

The school has been praised for establishing a 'vibrant culture of reading.'

The report said: "Pupils read a wide range of high-quality fiction and non-fiction books which make a strong contribution to their understanding of the world. For instance, pupils read books about inspirational female role models and stories with characters with SEND."

The report also mentions that pupils are 'calm and purposeful.'

It said: "They embrace every opportunity to learn. Pupils welcome the support that they receive from their teachers and their peers when they find learning difficult.

"Staff are proud to work at the school. They value the time and training that leaders give them so that they can effectively carry out their roles. The governing body has a clear vision for the school. They support and challenge the work of leaders so that pupils achieve well."