Higher Walton CE Primary School

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14th October 19
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Inspection reports

We are delighted to be recognised as an excellent church school! 

As a Church of England school, we are inspected every 5 years under the "Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools" framework  to ensure that we are providing an effective education.

Our school was inspected on 26th September 2019  when the inspector met with senior leaders, observed 2 RE lessons and 2 collective worships and talked to 3 groups of pupils, a group of parents and a group of staff.

Following this rigorous inspection day, we are delighted to have been judged to be excellent. You can download and read the full report from the link above.

Some of the highlights of the report include:

"A strong leadership team led by a passionate and forward thinking headteacher"

"Leaders provide an innovative and comprehensive curriculum ensuring that each individual has opportunity to 'live life to the full'."

"Each child realises their potential with no ceiling being put on any child's achievement."

"The school has consistently achieved Lancashire's Gold Behaviour Quality mark which reflects sustained effective practice."

"Pupils are enthusiastic about the positive behaviour approach which they say makes them feel safe and happy."

"Parents are effusive in praise of staff at all levels"

"There is an impressive depth of understanding and closeness between pupils."

We are extremely proud of our report.  Thank you to all the children and parents who met with the inspector on her day's visit

Ofsted report - short inspection February 2017


Governors and staff are very pleased with the overall judgement after our Ofsted inspection:  “This school continues to be good” – a judgement we have maintained for 7 years under increasingly more challenging inspection frameworks.

Ofsted's description of a good school includes these characteristics:

  • Teachers use their secure subject knowledge to plan learning that sustains pupils’ interest and challenges their thinking.
  • Teachers expect and encourage all pupils to work with positive attitudes so that they can apply themselves and make strong progress. 
  • Teachers identify and support effectively those pupils who start to fall behind and intervene quickly to help them to improve their learning.
  • Pupils develop the capacity to learn from mistakes and they become keen learners who want to find out more. Most are willing to find out new information to develop, consolidate and deepen their knowledge, understanding and skills, both in lessons and in extra-curricular activities.

The report, which takes the form of a letter to the Headteacher, is attached here.