‘We won’t be second best’: Stockport school deemed top of class as Ofsted award Outstanding marks

By Matt Davies

An outstanding Stockport school has continued to flourish as it received top marks for a second consecutive Ofsted report this week.

Ludworth Primary School in Marple Bridge, Stockport, was visited by inspectors and graded on its excellent academic standards, the quality of teaching, leadership and the behaviour of its pupils.

Headteacher Roary Pownall was delighted to see his school deemed ‘outstanding’ as a result of Ofsted’s latest visit.

“For us it is everything or nothing,” he said. “We will not be second best to anyone, and nor will we deliver anything less than excellence.

“I am therefore delighted to see that the fantastic hard work by every staff member has been recognised again – it is they, not me, who make the magic happen here.”

These views were echoed by Frank Earp, a classroom teacher who teaches Year Five and Year Six pupils.

“It’s a fantastic achievement for the school,” said Mr Earp. “It’s very much deserved by all involved at the school, including the teaching staff, support staff, the children and their parents.”

The inspection team praised the vibrant curriculum, the pupils’ apparent love of learning and their rapid development.

Inspectors rate the school across a number of categories ranging from ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’, with Ludworth Primary School receiving the top rating in every category.

The school was last inspected in 2008 and was rated in the top grade boundaries for each category during that inspection as well.

The school teaches pupils from Reception class to Year Six – children aged four to 11 – with Mr Pownall not wanting the continued progression of the school to stop.

“We’re not a school that is in any way complacent,” he explained. “ It’s very easy to become so when you’re doing well and the temptation can be to maintain what you’ve got but we need to be striving for the next best thing.

“We aim to keep raising the bar – It’s been raised four times in successive frameworks and we’ve had to work hard to raise our game and raise it again.”

According to the Ofsted report, the achievements of Ludworth Primary’s pupils are impressive and have been continuously sustained for several years.

“Pupils are provided with a first-rate education and thrive both academically and personally,” inspectors wrote.

“Pupils continue to make outstanding progress overall in Key Stage 2. As a result their national test results in English and Mathematics have remained constantly high.”

The report also credited the work of Mr Pownall and his team of staff who it said have a ‘shared vision of success’.

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