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Longsight Community Primary has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted for the second time. The school opened as a free school in September 2013 in response to a shortage of pupil places in the Longsight area, and is co-located with Longsight’s Children Centre.
The two-day inspection found Longsight Primary School treats pupils’ personal and emotional wellbeing as importantly as their academic development, leading to children who ‘are happy and feel safe because staff look after them and care about what they have to say’.
This feedback wholly supports Longsight’s vision and the Big Life Schools’ ethos of working in partnership with families and communities to create opportunities to for children to grow within education, supporting their wellbeing by ensuring they are happy and consistently engaged in their school.
The report, which was carried out by Inspector Julie Barlow, praised the leadership and teaching at the school, noting the positive impact it had on pupils and their future outlook: “Leaders have made sure that pupils receive a broad and interesting curriculum…Pupils enjoy a wide range of opportunities that prepare them to be good citizens in the future. Pupils that spoke to me told me that they ‘want to make the world a better place’.
“Pupils love their lessons because teachers plan activities that they enjoy. They work hard in lessons and support each other well.
“Leaders value all pupils and meet their needs well. They have the highest expectations for all pupils and have planned a curriculum which enables them to be the best they can be.”
Rukhsana Ahmed, Head Teacher of Longsight said: “I am delighted with this report, which reflects the impact of the hard work being done by Longsight’s exceptional leaders and staff, and shows our dedication to our children’s wellbeing alongside their academic education. Our vision has always been to provide high-quality education in the heart of a thriving community, supporting our children in becoming adjusted, healthy and happy people who will go on to great things. I am so proud of what our pupils, parents and staff have achieved so far.”
Congratulations to all of Longsight’s pupils, parents, staff and leaders on this fantastic report.
In light of the current situation, we are making changes to the way we deliver services at the moment. One-to-one appointments that would normally be delivered face-to-face will now take place over the phone or through video call. There is no need to call us to confirm – your regular point of contact will call you at the time your appointment was scheduled.
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