Ofsted Report 2016

The Ofsted report from our recent inspection is now available. The report recognises many strengths at Lum Head; our children’s good attitude to learning, strengths in teaching and the work of our teaching assistants. We are pleased that the report recognises that, “Pupils are articulate, confident, and take roles and responsibilities readily. They are keen to learn.”


We are delighted that the report acknowledged that children and teachers have worked hard to improve standards of writing across the school., “There are many chances for pupils to use and extend their writing skills across different subjects. Grammar, punctuation and handwriting are taught well and this is an improvement since the previous inspection.”


Inspectors describe Lum Head Primary School as a school where “pupils feel safe” and where, “Pupils, staff and parents agree that pupils’ behaviour is managed well.”


Following consultation with pupils, parents and staff, the inspectors concluded that leadership and management at Lum Head is now very effective. We are proud that the inspection report states:


“In the last two terms, the evidence from pupils, assessment information, staff and parents suggests that there has been a transformation for the better. As one parent said, typical of many, “With the new leadership…I have seen a complete change. The whole school community seems happier and more cohesive. Communication is much better. There are many more events and I…am absolutely delighted with the direction of the school and the creativity and passion that has been restored under the new head.” Thank you to all parents for the positive comments you made to the inspection team.


We have now completed the recruitment process for our school’s new leadership team with Mrs Holmes as Headteacher, Mr Ryan as Deputy Headteacher and Mrs Robinson as Assistant Headteacher from January 2017. With the combination of the respect and experience Mrs Robinson has at Lum Head, and Mrs Holmes’ and Mr Ryan’s considerable experience of leadership in outstanding Stockport schools, we feel sure Lum Head will go from strength to strength.


Following on from the restorative work begun in the Summer term, at the beginning of this academic year we identified our school’s strengths and areas for development and have already initiated a number of changes. These were areas that the inspection team also identified, specifically the progress of the most able pupils, the teaching of phonics and reading and diminishing the difference in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and others in the school. This led them to an overall judgement that the school requires improvement.  They also identified that the attendance of certain pupils needs to improve. If you would like to read the report, please click here: Ofsted report 2016.  If you would like to see our school for yourself, please contact us. We would be delighted to show you around.


Una Devlin and Louise Skelhorn            Gill Holmes

Co-Chair of Governors                               Headteacher