JOINT headteachers of Burnsall Primary School have said it is an 'absolute privilege' to lead the school after it retained its 'good' rating following a visit from Ofsted inspectors.

The school, which has 50 pupils on its roll, has an 'ungraded' inspection around every four years since being rated 'good' in November, 2013.

Following its latest one day inspection in October last year, it remains a good school. In their report, the two inspectors, Eleanor Belfield and David Harrison, noted it had been the school's first routine inspection since the Covid-19 pandemic, and that they had discussed its impact on the school.

The inspectors met or spoke to the two executive headteachers, senior leaders, governors, a representative of the local authority and of the Diocese of Leeds.

The report stated: "Inspectors carried out deep dives in mathematics, geography and early reading. For each deep dive, inspectors held discussions about the curriculum, visited a sample of lessons, spoke with teachers, spoke to some pupils about their learning and looked at samples of pupils’ work. An inspector listened to some pupils read. Inspectors also reviewed the curriculum in some other subjects."

The views of parents were taken into account through responses to Ofsted Parent View and also through discussions with some parents as they brought their children to school.

The views of staff were also considered through meetings and informal discussions and through the Ofsted online survey for staff.

The inspectors also carried out a close look at the school's safeguarding and considered how the school had 'created an open and positive culture around safeguarding that puts pupils’ interests first.

Executive co-headteachers, Claire Greenwood and Chris Parkhouse said: "It is an absolute privilege to lead Burnsall primary school and we are immensely proud of this achievement because it reflects the continuous hard work and commitment of both children and staff.

"We feel incredibly lucky to work with such a dedicated team that make every moment count for our children. We are pleased that the inspectors were able to see this so clearly and recognised our community strengths. We were supported throughout the inspection, as we are everyday by all the parents, governors and wider federation staff."

Burnsall VA Primary School is part of the Upper Wharfedale Primary Federation which also includes Cracoe and Rylstone VC CoE Primary School; Grassington VC, CoE Primary School , and Kettlewell Primary School.