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"The behaviour of pupils is good. They have respect and care for each other, and display excellent manners."

- 'Good' Ofsted Report 2023 - Moorside Primary School and Nursery


Moorside Primary School and Nursery inspected September 2023

Moorside Primary School and Nursery was inspected on 27th and 28th September 2023 and has been awarded GOOD in all areas: Moorside Primary School & Nursery Ofsted Report 2023.

Area JudgedGrade
The quality of educationGood
Behaviour and attitudesGood
Personal developmentGood
Leadership and managementGood
Early years provisionGood

Since April 2019, we have created a new school vision and ethos, a ‘Moorside Curriculum’ and most importantly, built a school… so that our new provision from Nursery to Year 6 meets the needs of our children and our community.

We are immensely proud of this achievement, please see some quotes from the report below:

Our children who met the inspectors were extremely welcoming and shared every aspect of our school with confidence. The report says that, pupils enjoy the praise they receive for their good behaviour. They treat their teachers and each other with respect. They talk politely and confidently to visitors, enjoying opportunities to talk about their school.

From the very start of their time at Moorside, we aim to grow confident and independent learners in a nurturing environment. We were therefore delighted with the feedback that, ‘The early years is warm and welcoming. Children are settled quickly into school and no time is wasted in introducing the children to phonics and early mathematics. Early years staff are calm and gentle as they introduce the youngest children to new rules and routines.’

We were praised within our report for our shared ambition for all our children; Leaders, including governors, have a shared ambition for the school and its pupils.’ This was also recognised when inspectors scrutinised our curriculum and quality of teaching and learning. They commented that ‘The school has created an ambitious curriculum that fully meets the expectations of the national curriculum.’ This includes all our work in arranging theme days and weeks, school trips, launch days and wider educational experiences! They said that, The school works effectively with external agencies, either to enhance the support given to individual pupils, to enrich the curriculum, or to help pupils understand how to keep themselves safe outside of the school environment.’ They also noted that ‘The school has high expectations of pupils’ behaviour and for what pupils can learn.’

We have a diverse school community, which is celebrated at Moorside, and for which we have received the IQM Centre of Excellence Award and School of Sanctuary status in recent years. We are fully inclusive and have high expectations for ALL our children. As the report says, ‘The needs of pupils with SEND are carefully considered and adjustments are made to enable these pupils to successfully access the same curriculum as their peers.’

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Reviews from the Children and Parents

School Visitor

Lauren's Assembly in April 2022 "Thank you for such a warm welcome, for the children's excellent behaviour and such thoughtful questions".

Y6 Parent

Reading at Moorside "I think the teachers are doing a fantastic job with reading. I believe the access children have to other forms e.g. Reading Plus etc means they are less likely to be bored and then choose to read a book as entertainment".

Mason, Year 3

Reading at Moorside "I love hearing stories from my teacher and choosing books out of the library".

Reception Parent

Reading at Moorside "I appreciate all the effort that goes into current Reading initiatives, the library visit was fantastic!"  

Y6 Parent

Marrick Residential Trip 2022 "Massive thank you to Team Moorside for all the hard work and effort which goes into trips such as these".

Marrick Residential Trip 2022 "Amazing photos, great memories.... As always you and the team have gone above and beyond. It's nice to be relaxed knowing they are so well looked after..... Thank you".

Y6 Parent

Marrick Residential Trip 2022 "Some fantastic memories made for our children, can't wait to hear all about their week away".

Gracie, Year 6

"My favourite thing about school is the teachers because they are so kind and helpful".  

Andrew, Year 6

"I enjoy when we have Forest School because we have the best hot chocolate and marshmallows and find animals".

Emily, Year 6

"I enjoy doing art with Mr Moss and Forest School. The most enjoyable thing is going on residential trips like Marrick".

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