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‘Good’ ratings for Knowsley primaries

by Sandra Issar

Blacklow Brow and St Aidan’s Catholic Primary, both Huyton schools, have received ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection ratings.

Blacklow Brow

In its first inspection since converting to an academy, the report highlights pupils’ outstanding behaviour and attitude at Blacklow Brow. It acknowledges the excellent relationships between pupils and staff, ensuring children feel safe and happy at school.

The report notes that all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), are achieving well and being well prepared for the future.

It recognises leaders and staff set high expectations for all pupils and that pupils do not let them down as they try their best in all aspects of their learning and school life.

Leaders were acknowledged for making sure reading is given the utmost priority, while staff make sure that children quickly develop a thirst for reading. Comments from pupils in Year 6 that ‘all pupils at this school absolutely love to read’ illustrate the positive impact on the children.

St Aidan’s Catholic Primary

Inspectors visiting St Aidan’s Catholic Primary acknowledged pupils work hard and behave well and understand the high expectations that staff have of them. They noted the school’s rewards system that can lead to tea and scones with the headteacher!

The report recognises the variety of lunchtime and after-school clubs and the opportunities for pupils to take on the responsibility of being a school councillor, a member of the ‘Sports Crew’ or a reading ambassador, not to mention the charitable work pupils are involved with.

The report says ‘children get off to a flying start’. It recognises staff quickly identify the specific needs of pupils with SEND, adapting teaching so that these pupils are included in all learning. As a result children with SEND achieve as well as others in the school.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

“I’m delighted that both Blacklow Brow and St Aidan’s Catholic Primary have received ‘Good’ Ofsted ratings, which demonstrates the high quality of teaching and pupil learning at the schools.


“It’s also testament to the impact of effective partnership working between the council’s Education Improvement Services and schools. Well done to all!”

Meanwhile, The Prescot School secondary school has moved from ‘inadequate’ to ‘requires improvement’ following its Ofsted inspection.

The report acknowledges teachers are making a positive difference to many aspects of the school and says there are clear improvements in the quality of education, pupils’ behaviour and the personal development curriculum.