‘Outstanding’ school praised by Ofsted

Headteacher Giles Storch with school secretary Rosie Goodwin looking at the 'Outstanding' Ofsted Inspection
Headteacher Giles Storch with school secretary Rosie Goodwin looking at the 'Outstanding' Ofsted Inspection

Pupils and teachers at a Chorley primary school are top of the class after Ofsted inspectors rated them as ‘outstanding’.

Euxton CE Primary School on Wigan Lane was praised for ‘first-rate teaching, a vibrant curriculum and at the heart of the school’s success, staff members’ outstanding knowledge of and attention to pupil’s individual needs.’

Headteacher Giles Storch has been in charge of the Wigan Lane school for the past six years, and believes it is great news for everyone.

“I think it shows the teachers and staff have worked hard not just this term but previous years,” he said.

“We have made excellent progress and I think we have been in the top 100 schools in England in the past, but this report means a lot to all of us.

“There is a real buzz around the playground and the staff room about it and everyone feels proud of what has happened.”

The school now boasts 208 pupils and they were praised for developing ‘rich relationships that they build with each other and adults mean that they are exceptionally supportive of each other, especially those who are more vulnerable’.

Mr Storch said: “I think it comes across that the children enjoy coming to school and there is an excitement about the curriculum.

“The staff are both inspired and dedicated. I want the children to take control of their own learning and be independent rather than just saturating them with facts.”

Modest Mr Storch admits that he enjoys his job so much that he stayed over in the school during the winter just to make sure that the doors would be open for the pupils in the morning.”