Short inspection of Anchorsholme Primary Academy
Following my visit to the school on 2 February 2016 with Ofsted inspector Pritiben Patel, I write on behalf of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the inspection findings. The visit was the first short inspection carried out since your predecessor school was judged to be good in April 2013.
‘This school continues to be good.’ – Ofsted 2016
The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. As headteacher, you are engaged fully in the life of the school. This ranges from your daily greeting of pupils and families outdoors, to your contribution to the work of the school choir and your frequent visits to classrooms. You are developing a school that is unafraid to show that staff and leaders are caring and have a sense of humour. For example – as demonstrated by the school’s popular online video – presenting staff in various festive costumes singing fun Christmas songs. Pupils know and respect you; and as one said to an inspector: ‘We are very lucky to have such a good headteacher.’
You have created a calm, caring, family feeling in a large, busy primary school. This is helping younger pupils to feel settled, just as much as it is helping those in Year 6 to be ready for their move to secondary school. Pupils of different ages behave with confidence and responsibility as they move around the many corridors and classrooms.
This is a school where pupils are willing to learn and to play their part in school life. They are given many opportunities to contribute, grow and flourish. Before and after the main school day, a large number of pupils join extra sports and arts activities. They do so with gusto and almost skip to these additional, much-valued lessons.