Our school was inspected by OFSTED on the 21st and 22nd February 2018. On its previous inspection, in June 2013, the school was graded as Requires Improvement. In 2018 we received the same overall grade in this inspection, but were graded Good for Early Years Provision, and the good care and well-being of all of our pupils is highlighted throughout the report.


The Inspectors praised the recent improvements at the school, stating in their summary that: “The recently appointed principal, the executive principal and senior leaders are making substantial improvements” and that “Pupils are making faster progress as a result of improved teaching.” In the body of the report they highlight that “Teaching is now more effective and, as a result, pupils are making significantly faster progress during the current academic year.”


The inspectors gave a good deal of praise for our pupils. They found that “Pupils are generally polite and well mannered. The atmosphere around the school is calm and orderly.” They wrote that “Pupils usually play well together during break times, and they do their best to make sure that other pupils join in their games.”


Pupils told inspectors that “They feel safe in school” and that “They know which adults to talk to should they have a concern or a worry.” I was also pleased that the Inspectors noted that “Staff ensure that pupils’ spiritual, moral and social education is particularly effective. The school therefore prepares pupils positively for life in modern Britain.”


The inspection was very thorough and fair, and the report is an accurate reflection of where we are on our improvement journey. In rating it Good, the Inspectors praised our Early Years provision, concluding that “During their time in the early years, children make good progress. As a result, the proportion of pupils achieving a good level of development rose significantly in 2017 and was above that of all children nationally.”


Principal Helena Lewis wrote to parents about the report saying; “The report accurately lays out what we need to do to replicate that Good Early Years judgement across all of the school, and we are determined to do that. We are committed to taking on board the Inspectors recommendations and acting on them swiftly.”

You can download a full copy of the report from here:

Pupils Who Achieved a Higher Standard

Further data is available on the Department for Education’s School Performance website

and at www.compareschool-performance.service.gov.uk  

SATS Results 2019

  • Sudell is the most improved primary school at expected levels for Maths in Blackburn with Darwen

  • Sudell has gone from 63rd (bottom school) for Maths outcomes in 2018 to 4th in Blackburn with Darwen in 2019

  • Sudell is the most improved primary school for Reading at both the expected and higher levels in Blackburn with Darwen

  • Sudell had the 2nd biggest improvement in higher standard in Writing (high), higher standard in Maths (high) and expected levels in GPS in Blackburn with Darwen

  • Sudell had the most improved percentage of children achieving the higher standard for GPS in Blackburn with Darwen

  • Sudell had the biggest average increase in scaled scores for each of the Reading, Maths and GPS tests for Blackburn with Darwen

  • Sudell had the biggest year on year improvement in the percentage of pupils reaching the expected standard in Reading, Writing, and Maths in all of the Blackburn with Darwen schools from 2018 to 2019.

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