Here are the Greater Manchester primary schools that did well in Ofsted inspections in 2022.
Choosing the right primary school is one of hardest choices a parent can make, and for many families, it is important to know how their choices have fared in official inspections
There are around 100 primary schools in Greater Manchester that have rated “outstanding” or “good” by Ofsted, the school regulatory body, and six that received those ratings were inspected in 2022.
Ofsted inspects and assesses schools based on overall effectiveness, quality of education, behaviours and attitudes, personal development, and leadership and management.
Schools are given a rating of either “outstanding,” “good,” “requires improvement” or “inadequate” and you can find the latest inspection reports for every school and childcare provider on the Ofsted website. Schools previously rated outstanding used to be thereafter exempted from frequen routine re-inspection - but those rules changed last year, meaning some local schools found themselves downgraded on reinspection.
Here are the six that received the top ratings during inspections in Greater Manchester during 2022.
1. St John Fisher RC Primary School
St John Fisher RC Primary School in Denton received a “good” rating in May 2022, improving on its previous rating of “requires improvement.” Ofsted inspectors said: “Relationships between pupils and staff are strong. Pupils are confident that leaders will deal with any occasional bullying, or rare use of inappropriate language, quickly and effectively so that these incidents are not repeated. Pupils explained that adults listen to their concerns and help them resolve their worries.” Credit: Google Maps
2. St Chrysostom’s CofE Primary School
St Chrysostom’s CofE Primary School in Chorlton-on-Medlock received a “good” rating in March 2022. Ofsted inspectors said: “Everyone celebrates the different backgrounds and characteristics of pupils at the school and people in wider society. Pupils have a strong understanding of equality issues. They learn about different forms of discrimination, such as racism and homophobic bullying. Pupils said that if bullying happens, they know that staff will deal with it immediately.” Credit: Google Maps
3. St Peter's CofE Primary School
St Peter’s CofE Primary School in Ashton-under-Lyne received a “good” rating in September 2022. Ofsted inspectors said: “Pupils are well cared for and happy. The school’s values of personal growth, tolerance and kindness are lived and breathed by all in the school. Adults treat pupils with high regard. In turn, pupils treat each other respectfully. In the words of one pupil, ‘The boys and girls in the school are like my brothers and sisters’.” Credit: Google Maps
4. Corrie Primary School
Corrie Primary School in Denton received a “good” rating in January 2022. Ofsted inspectors said: “Pupils enjoy coming to school. Staff and leaders welcome them each morning. This helps to nurture the positive relationships that exist at this school. Pupils know that teachers will listen to their views through the various school councils. They feel safe in school.” Credit: Google Maps