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Ofsted praise for headteachers and "overwhelmingly supportive" parents

The hard work and determination of our two co-headteachers has brought about a raft of improvements with the overwhelming support of parents, according to Ofsted.

Carrie Christer and Claire Regnard were both highlighted in our latest Ofsted report which praised their leadership and that of the GLF Trust for the support it offers.

Both head teachers said they had nothing but praise for the work of pupils, staff and the wider Salfords community in helping the school which, Ofsted says, has “overwhelmingly supportive” parents who were full of praise for improvements at the school since the joint headteachers arrived.

“We are delighted that the inspection recognises the significant steps we have taken in improving the school and are proud of all the children in our school and appreciate the support we have received from parents, governors and the trust,” they said.

“Both of us were also pleased that the report highlighted the difficult journey our school has been on and remarks on the improvements that have already been made.

"There is a fantastic future ahead for the whole Salfords Primary School family and we are looking forward to continuing our work here."

Our school’s leadership was rated as ‘good’ by inspectors and the report highlighted the team’s ‘secure understanding’ of the schools strengths and any areas of weakness. Parental support was also noted.

“They engage beautifully with the children, are friendly, approachable and are positive role models for the children,” one parent told inspectors. There was also praise for the ‘thriving’ parents and teachers association that was noted for working hard to raise funds for new equipment.

“The co-headteachers lead the school well. In the short time they have been in post, they have brought about significant improvements to all aspects of provision. They are ambitious and determined and have brought stability to the school." the report continues.

“There are clear plans to enable the school to continue on its journey of improvement. Leaders have built a motivated and hard-working staff team. Staff are fully behind the positive changes that leaders are making. There is a strong sense of teamwork,"

Personal development, behaviour and welfare of our pupils was also awarded ‘good’ by inspectors who said our staff had a strong understanding of the individual needs of pupils and cared for the whole child.

“Leaders ensure that there is good pastoral support for all pupils, particularly those who have additional social or emotional needs,” the report noted.

Inspectors also noted that pupils behaved well and were respectful and polite to teachers and each other while being confident to talk to visitors about their work.

The number of fixed-term exclusions has fallen to zero this year and any school absences are followed-up and a range of measures applied to help.

When the school converted to an academy three years ago it was in special measures, the lowest Ofsted grade. Improvements have been made in all areas with leadership and behaviour now judged as good.

Overall the school still requires improvement, but the Headteachers stressed that steps are already under way to address any outstanding issues and they are confident that their good work will reap rewards with future inspections.