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Inspectors say school is improving

Charles Saer Primary School (Fleetwood) new buildings were officially opened by Mr Charles Saer-grandson of the school founder. Mr Saer unveils the plaque from Lancashire County Council. Also pictured, from left, County Councillor Michael Devaney (chairman, Lancashire County Council), Paula Atkinson (chairman of governors) and Carolyn Thackway (headteacher).

Charles Saer Primary School (Fleetwood) new buildings were officially opened by Mr Charles Saer-grandson of the school founder. Mr Saer unveils the plaque from Lancashire County Council. Also pictured, from left, County Councillor Michael Devaney (chairman, Lancashire County Council), Paula Atkinson (chairman of governors) and Carolyn Thackway (headteacher).

A Fleetwood primary school has enjoyed an improved Ofsted rating after Government inspectors visited the premises.

When inspectors previously visited Charles Saer Primary in January last year, the school was given a disappointing 
“satisfactory” rating.

This time, the Grange Road school was assessed as having a “good” rating, with this standard being achieved across the board on aspects such as achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership/management.

Headteacher Carolyn Thackway, who has overseen the construction of a brand new, bespoke school building at Charles Saer over the past couple of years, said: “We are delighted that inspectors have recognised improvements in the school, and that we are 
delivering good standards in the key areas.

“This is down to a lot of hard work throughout the school.”

Noting that pupils achieved well, the report also observed youngsters at the school started there with skills much lower than those typical for their age, yet they left Year 6 with standards that are average in reading and mathematics and above average in writing.

The behaviour of pupils was good; youngsters wanted to come to school and were keen to learn.

Inspectors found the school’s work to keep 
pupils safe and secure was 
outstanding.

Pupils knew they would be listened to by any adult in the school.

The headteacher, supported well by her leadership team, ensured excellent support and attention were given to individual pupils and their needs, according to the report.

As a result, pupils enjoyed school, worked hard and made good progress. Inspectors said the school was not yet outstanding, because teaching was not always checked closely, and teachers did 
not always learn from each other.

It was also found that the most able pupils were not 
always set hard enough work in reading and mathematics.

 

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