Primary school where pupils find their lessons fun and exciting and where they are greeted by their kind, friendly teachers each morning is graded Good by Ofsted

Ofsted visited Sudell Primary School on the 6th and 7th October 2021 and found a transformed school where pupils achieve well because school leaders have high expectations of pupils; where pupils enjoy being at school and are greeted each morning by their kind, friendly teachers; and a place where lessons are fun and exciting. Jane Fletcher, Chief Executive Officer at Aldridge Education stated “ the Ofsted judgement for Sudell is a testament to the transformational journey the school has undertaken in the last few years and l have no doubts from what l have seen during the inspection that they will continue on their journey to Outstanding”.

Inspectors concluded that Sudell is a school where pupils are kind and friendly to each other and to visitors; where pupils who are new to the school are warmly welcomed and make friends quickly; where pupils behave well in lessons and around school; and a school where pupils feel safe and cared for.


Helena Lewis Principal at Sudell said “the last two years have been extremely difficult for all schools including Sudell, where we have had to operate in a global pandemic, support key workers and keep our pupils and community safe. To receive such a glowing Ofsted report on the back of that is a testament to the resilience of the staff we have here, the wonderful pupils, the confidence our parents have placed in us and the fantastic support we receive from Aldridge Education”.

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2019 Key Stage 2
Combined Score
v. National Average
% Pupils at or above expected level
Progress Score
Average Score (scaled score)
Pupils Who Achieved a Higher Standard

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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.