Roby Park Primary School in Huyton has recently undergone a transformation in the last two years, moving from ‘Requires Improvement’ in 2017 to ‘Good’ in their latest Ofsted inspection which took place last month.
In all areas assessed, the school was rated as ‘Good’ with the overall judgement ‘Good’ too. The areas assessed includes effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; outcomes for pupils and early years provision.
Inspectors noted that a culture of high expectation exists, staff morale is high and rates of progress have been strengthened. Inspectors also noted improvements with how the school’s governors work – they have a clear understanding of the school’s strengths and what needs to be done to achieve more.
Roby Park is described as a ‘happy, inclusive school’, and pupils with special educational needs and / or disabilities receive the support they need to succeed and leadership in this area is highlighted as strong.
Inspectors also highlighted the close working arrangements between the school and Knowsley Council, that has provided support to the school. This support, combined with the sharing of good practice within the school, has proved effective in moving the school forward. The support that the council provided to Governors around the recruitment of the new Head Teacher was also highlighted as a strength.
As well as providing a varied curriculum, pupils’ learning is enriched through other learning opportunities such as Spanish lessons as well as regular visitors to the school. Leaders at the school take the views of pupils into account to ensure the curriculum reflects the needs of the school and the local community.
Councillor Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said
“I’m delighted with the turnaround at Roby Park and the achievements it has made in just two years. Following their last inspection, the council has supported the school to develop and implement an action plan to address areas for development, which has clearly been beneficial. It’s evident that school is thriving and we will continue to build on this positive inspection to ensure our children receive the very best education. This is a fantastic outcome for the school – well done!”
There is a strong and effective safeguarding culture in the school, parents feel well informed and listened to. Parents also praised the pastoral care provided by the school.
The full inspection report will be made available shortly, over on the Ofsted website.