A WIGAN school has been declared top of the class after it was judged outstanding across the board.
Newfold Community Primary in Orrell joined an elite group of schools across the country after securing the top rating in all four main areas looked at by Ofsted’s inspectors during their visit to the school in December.
Ofsted’s team of three inspectors found the St James’s Road-based school to be outstanding in terms of pupils’ achievements, the quality of teaching they receive, the youngsters’ behaviour and the leadership and management of headteacher Phil Edge and his team.
The report described Newfold as a school where “each child is recognised as a unique individual and learning activities are exceptionally well matched to their individual needs” and said pupils were “exceptionally proud of their school”.
The inspectors also praised the devising and teaching of the curriculum both in the on-site early years nursery and in the main school.
And they complimented the way the school council allowed pupils to take on their own responsibilities and have a say in how their school is run.
As the Ofsted team visited shortly before Christmas, they were also able to see some of the lighter side of life at Newfold, with staff and pupils dressing up for festive Victorian-themed activities and rehearsals taking place for the school’s Christmas performances during the inspection.
The rare verdict has delighted everyone concerned with the school, which received a good rating from Ofsted in its previous inspection.
Mr Edge said: “We feel very much that it’s a confirmation of the kind of school we want to run, which is very much a community school where everybody contributes.
“We are delighted that Ofsted reocgnised our commitment to treating each child as unique, which I thought was an amazing statement from them.
“They were extremely impressed with the quality of teaching and learning, and the support given by parents and our very active governing body.
“There are things we want to improve because we know we are never perfect.
“We knew we had a good school, but we weren’t expecting Ofsted to be so impressed and some of their comments were quite overwhelming.”