GOVERNMENT inspectors have praised a Stourport school for “achieving a great deal” to address problems.

Staff, governors and pupils at Burlish Park Primary School said they were delighted with the Ofsted inspector’s assessment following a HMI monitoring visit.

Last year, a damning inspection saw the school – once rated ‘outstanding’ – had been labelled ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted due to a number of serious weaknesses.

But since then, the school has implemented a number of plans and measures to turn things around and improve learning for children. Burlish Park also joined the Rivers CofE Academy Trust on October 1.

Ofsted inspector Charalambos Loizou, said: “The head teacher and deputy head teacher have achieved a great deal since the previous inspection.

“Together with the governing body and staff, they are building strong capacity for sustained improvement.”

The school was also praised for its Early Years department, which welcomes nursery children, age 3 and above, for 30 hours a week.

He also commented upon the school’s excellent indoor and outdoor resources, including its own forest school woodland area that is used by all pupils.

Head teacher Kerry Postans said: “We are pleased with the outcome of the inspection which has acknowledged the hard work of staff and changes that have been implemented.

“We will continue to push forward in order to achieve the best outcomes for all our children.”

Rivers’ Chief Executive Officer, Kate Brunt, said: “We are delighted to welcome Burlish Park’s staff, pupils and parents into our family of schools.

“Burlish Park will be the tenth school to join in our Multi Academy Trust ensuring we deliver the best educational outcomes for all the pupils in our schools.”