High Spen Primary School is a good school. Pupils enjoy their experiences in a safe and happy environment where they are cared for exceptionally well. Parents and carers endorse this judgement.
You and your leadership team, including governors, have been successful in creating an inclusive school that reflects your personal drive and commitment. This is evident in your work with refugee children and families, your provision for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and the work you do with other agencies to support vulnerable families.
Pupils continue to make strong progress across the school in reading and mathematics. Results show that in 2016, Year 6 pupils achieved outcomes which matched those seen nationally from their various starting points. Disadvantaged pupils also matched the progress made by other pupils nationally in these subjects.
The school has used dedicated support to help disadvantaged pupils catch up. Pupils heard reading by the inspector were confident, clear and precise.
The support and development for children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is a strength of the school and reflects its inclusive ethos.
Pupils, parents and carers are positive about the school. Bullying is rare and pupils feel safe in school. They show consideration towards each other and to adults. Pupils listen well to each other in lessons and reflect on each other’s contributions.
Consequently, pupils have positive attitudes to their school life and enjoy their lessons, especially in English. They feel well known and cared for.
You and your senior leaders continue to work relentlessly with other agencies, as noted in the last inspection, to coordinate the support for vulnerable families.