A NORTH Craven school is celebrating after being graded 'good' in all areas by Ofsted.

Across the board, inspectors said education at Giggleswick Primary School was good including the school’s overall effectiveness, the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, and early years provision.

Headteacher Catherine Maddocks welcomed Ofsted’s report and praised the school’s staff, governing body, pupils and parents for maintaining the ‘good’ rating’.

Mrs Maddocks said: “The entire Giggleswick school family should be incredibly proud of this wonderful Ofsted report. It is testament to everyone’s commitment and dedication to making the school such a happy place to learn.

“We have been on an amazing school improvement journey in recent years and we will continue to strive to provide the very best education we can for all the boys and girls at Giggleswick. I now want to build on the improvements we’ve made to ensure all our pupils continue to get the best possible education.”

Giggleswick Primary School, which currently has 70 children on its roll, is part of the Ribblesdale Federation of Schools which also includes Hellifield Community and Long Preston Endowed (VA) primary schools.

Mrs Maddocks added: “I’d like to thank everyone who has helped us to reach this milestone including the teaching and support staff team, the Senior Leadership Team, Federation Governing Board, and Local Authority advisors. Our Federation subject leaders, led by our curriculum leaders, have all worked so hard to design an ambitious curriculum for pupils across the Federation.”

“There are so many areas to celebrate in the Ofsted report and I would like to pay particular tribute to our pupils who shone during the whole inspection. We are very proud of all of them.”

In its report, Ofsted noted how proud pupils were of their school and community. Inspectors noted the school’s “strong family feel” with pupils “genuinely caring for each other.”

It added that the school’s leaders, including governors and the local authority, “strive to improve the school further”.

Teachers were praised for presenting new learning to pupils clearly, while safeguarding was described as effective and reception pupils were helped to get off to a “strong start” with their education in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The school’s music teaching and curriculum, support for pupils with special educational needs and phonics programme were also singled out for praise.

In order to do better, the school has been told it needs to improve areas of its maths curriculum, its assessment systems and in key stage two reading.