THE achievements at Buckton Vale Primary have reached the heart of Government.
The Carrbrook school has been spotlighted in The Parliamentary Review.Parliamentarians were keen to learn about the transformation for a school that “requires improvement” to one ranked as “good”.
Deborah Brown, headteacher for almost three years, described how the school went from needing attention in 2011 and 2013 to good in the 2018 Ofsted inspection.
She said: “The 2018 results were the best Buckton Vale has ever had when we received a great report, something we were very proud of as a school which is community driven.
“The Parliamentary Review was interested in our journey to raise standards and the life chances of our children.”
This rapid rate of improvement was reported to be testament to the hard work and determination of the whole school, the local community and the local authority.
Mrs Brown said: “In one of our previous Ofsted inspections, concerns were raised about passive learning and academic standards not being close enough to the nationally expected ones.
“Increasing expectations has therefore been a key element in improving the school. To achieve this, the central goal of the school is to enhance and enrich the curriculum.
“Doing so has helped demonstrate to staff, pupils and parents that the school is on a clear journey of improvement.
“In 2018, the school was successful in obtaining the Leading Parent Partnership Award for the second time, alongside a glowing report.
“The local community has embraced our desire to make the school as good as it can be. This has require additional commitment from all those at the school.”
As an example, Mrs Brown detailed last summer’s moorland wildfires. During this time the school became a hub for the local community and fire services, offering support, updates and safety advice to local residents.
Buckton Vale Primary is also part of the Mossley and Carrbrook Partnership which includes Mossley Hollins High School, Milton St John’s, Micklehurst All Saints, St George’s, St Joseph’s and Livingstone School. This alliance allows the schools to exchange best practice and work together in the best interests of the children.
The result of all these and other efforts is that 88 per cent of children have now reached age-related expected standards in reading, mathematics and writing.
In 2018, greater depth standards were attained by 42 per cent of the children in reading, 39 per cent in mathematics and 33 per cent in writing.
Mrs Brown continued: “These are very encouraging statistics and are just one indication of the improvements that have been made.
“With the help of staff, pupils, parents and our strong board of governors as well as the local authority, Buckton Vale Primary School will continue to improve and strive to become an outstanding school.”