An Ellesmere Port school which helps children achieve their dreams is ‘Good’ overall with outstanding features, according to Ofsted.

The finding was reached at Parklands Community Primary in Little Sutton , which was said to require improvement at the last inspection.

The school, where the head is Ros Flanders and the chairman of governors is Cllr Angela Claydon , has been on a ‘remarkable journey’ according to inspector Lenford White.

He says four of the five main aspects which were inspected are good while the personal development, behaviour and welfare of the children is outstanding.

The inspector has told parents and pupils: “This is a dynamic and progressive school which is well led and managed by a headteacher who has been relentless, and successful in her ambition of making Parklands a good school.

“Together with senior leaders, staff and governors, the headteacher has addressed weaknesses identified from previous inspections, ensuring that the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement has improved.

“Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding, their attendance is high and they are confident and resilient learners. Pupils have many opportunities to show that they are mature and responsible citizens.”

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Angela Claydon is chairman of governors at the school

The inspector continued: “The quality of teaching is good. Teachers and teaching assistants work well together to ensure that pupils make good progress in their learning.

“Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good and their understanding of British values is outstanding.”

The inspector found the children benefit from a ‘stimulating and engaging curriculum which captures their interests’ and that pupils enjoy learning because teachers make sure it is fun.

The school has excellent relationships with parents and of those who met with inspectors none could say how the school could be improved.

Governors have the skills to help the school continue on its ‘highly successful’ journey.

All parents who responded to Parent View, Ofsted’s online questionnaire, were of the view that their children are happy, safe and making good progress.

Of the many text messages received during the inspection, typical responses from parents were ‘Parklands helps all the family, not just the pupils’, and ‘Parklands staff strive to encourage pupils to achieve their dreams’.

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