Roe Lee Park Primary School

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About Roe Lee Park Primary School

Name Roe Lee Park Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Gillian Wilton
Address Emerald Avenue, Blackburn, BB1 9RP
Phone Number 0125456297
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 458
Local Authority Blackburn with Darwen
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Roe Lee Park Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are proud to attend this school.

They treat each other with kindness and respect. Pupils told inspectors that it does not matter if you are different at this school. They explained that pupils learn and play together well.

Teachers have high expectations of pupils' learning and achievement. They support all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), to try their very best. This helps pupils to achieve well.

Staff develop warm and trusting relationships with pupils. They expect pupils to behave consistently well. Leaders d...eal swiftly with any instances of poor behaviour or bullying.

As a result, pupils feel safe and happy at this school.

Pupils benefit from a wide range of activities that enrich their learning. For example, they spoke enthusiastically about the introduction of forest school sessions for all year groups.

During the inspection, visiting actors brought pupils' learning about Shakespearean plays to life.

Pupils develop their leadership skills through taking on roles such as librarians, team point leaders and members of the school council. They enjoy many opportunities to develop their talents through, for instance, choir, sports clubs and Lancashire clog dancing.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have recently redesigned the curriculum to ensure that it is broad and ambitious for all pupils. They have carefully identified the knowledge they want pupils to know and remember at each stage. This helps teachers to design learning that builds on pupils' prior knowledge.

Teachers are skilled at presenting their knowledge clearly. They successfully adapt their delivery of the curriculum to help pupils learn well. Teachers carefully check that pupils remember the information they are taught.

They design opportunities for pupils to connect new learning to what they know already. Pupils build a deep body of subject knowledge. They learn effectively across the curriculum.

Leaders ensure that teachers have sufficient expertise to support children in the earliest stages of learning to read. Leaders quickly identify and support pupils who are behind in their phonics knowledge to catch up with their peers. This enables most pupils to become confident, fluent readers.

Leaders promote a love of reading, which permeates throughout the school. Pupils spoke with enthusiasm about the diverse range of novels they have read. More recently, leaders have improved the quality of non-fiction texts that pupils across the school study.

Despite this, some older pupils have not fully benefited from these changes. In previous years, these pupils have not read a sufficiently broad range of quality texts. As a result, some of these pupils are less familiar with the vocabulary and language features of non-fiction texts.

This hinders how well these pupils are able to write for different purposes and audiences.

In the early years, leaders have created a rich and stimulating environment that supports children's learning. For example, leaders have developed a story-led curriculum with a sharp focus on developing children's language and communication skills.

This helps pupils who join the school with weaker language skills to catch up with their peers.

Leaders carefully identify the specific needs of pupils with SEND. They work closely with staff to provide appropriate support for those pupils.

Staff have high expectations of what pupils with SEND can achieve. Pupils with SEND learn well alongside their peers.

Classrooms are calm and purposeful.

Pupils are enthusiastic to learn. As a result, they rarely disrupt the learning of others. Teachers use clear systems to manage any instances of poor behaviour.

Leaders provide effective support to a few pupils who find it more difficult to regulate their own behaviour.

Leaders ensure that pupils are well prepared to be responsible citizens. For instance, pupils organise fundraising events for the charities that are important to them.

They learn about tolerance and empathy, and they celebrate the diversity in their school community. Pupils develop pride in their local area by, for example, learning about the local textile industry or learning how to make Lancashire hotpot.

Staff are happy and proud to work at this school.

They feel that leaders are considerate of their well-being. Teachers value the support that leaders give to their ongoing professional development. Governors provide effective support and challenge to school leaders.

Governors and leaders share a strong and ambitious vision for the school's future.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have ensured that staff are trained well in how to keep pupils safe.

Staff are vigilant to the signs that a pupil may be at risk of harm.

Leaders have strong relationships with external agencies. They make sure that pupils and their families receive timely and appropriate support.

Leaders closely monitor pupils who are more vulnerable. This means they can act quickly to offer additional support where necessary.

Pupils are taught how to stay safe in the modern world, including when they are online.

They have a trusted adult in school who they can approach to discuss any concerns.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In previous years, older pupils have not been exposed to a sufficiently broad range of non-fiction texts. As a result, some of these pupils are less familiar with the vocabulary and language features of these texts.

This hampers how confidently they write for different purposes and audiences. Leaders should embed recent changes to ensure that all pupils are exposed to a wide range of high-quality non-fiction texts.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually, this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in November 2017.

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