Pupils are just top class!

Teachers with members of the School Council at Littletown Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Liversedge.
Teachers with members of the School Council at Littletown Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Liversedge.

Pupils in a Spen school are among the best-behaved in the country, according to a report by Ofsted.

Littletown School in Bradford Road was given a “good” report with pupil behaviour described as “outstanding” after an inspection in July this year.

The report, which has just been published, noted: “Pupils’ behaviour, attitudes to learning and their safety have all improved since the last inspection and are excellent.

“This is tribute to the school’s robust system for managing pupil’s behaviour and excellent nurturing support given to pupils who need it.”

Headteacher, Fiona Cullivan-Ward, said: “This is a credit to all the hard work undertaken by our governors, staff and most of all our fabulous pupils.

“As a staff we have a relentless approach which ensures outstanding progress and outstanding achievement for a very high percentage of our pupils.

“We nurture and wrap our pupils in love and they then shine – Ofsted saw this so clearly and I feel privileged to lead such a successful team.”

The report was compiled after the inspection, and also used information from questionnaires sent to parents and teachers.

The school’s leadership and management was praised in the report, also gaining an “outstanding” rating.

It said: “Leaders and teachers reflect on their own performance and are confident to be self-critical.

“The positive and supportive culture within the school enables staff to seek and achieve improvement and look to develop their skills further.”

The report noted that parents of the pupils spoke highly of the school, and that they would recommend it to other parents.

The school’s governing body was also praised, as the report said governors had the expertise in areas to further improve the school’s performance.

The report stressed, however, that the school was not yet outstanding because: “Progress over time in writing is not as fast as in reading and mathematics, especially at Key Stage 1.”

Miss Cullivan-Ward said: “Ensuring our writing achievement, which is already good, rises to match our outstanding achievement in reading and maths will be an on-going goal for us as we begin this term.”