THE STAFF, parents, governors and children at Leechpool Primary School are having a triple celebration after winning their six-year battle for a pedestrian crossing and successfully passing two inspections.
The Horsham school’s active Travel Plan committee consisting of parents, governors, staff and pupils have worked tirelessly to see a crossing in Harwood Road.
Many of the original parents have children who are now leaving Millais and Forest, but have not given up the fight to realise this much needed safety addition.
The school’s business manager Caroline Dedman said: “We are delighted all our hard work has been worthwhile and now all our children in the catchment area have a safe route to school. This crossing will give our older children the independence to walk to school and safely cross the busy Harwood Road and for our younger children.
“Their parents will have peace of mind as they cross with youngsters and pushchairs without having to dodge the traffic.”
The school also recently received the results of their Ofsted inspection under the new more rigorous guidelines and the county council’s health and safety inspections, both of which they passed with flying colours.
Headteacher Sylvia Forder said: “As a school, we are delighted with the outcomes of the inspection, particularly in light of Leechpool being one of the first local schools to be inspected under the more rigorous criteria of the new Ofsted Framework, which was introduced in January this year.
“Everyone connected with our fully inclusive school should feel proud that our enormous hard work, drive and focused commitment to the children has been recognised in the Ofsted Report. I would like to thank all members of the Leechpool team: parents, carers, pupils, teachers, support staff and governors – who all play an important part in making Leechpool a unique and special place of learning.”
Inspectors commented on the strong leadership at the school and how teachers are good role models for the children which has provided “very positive relationships and the well-planned curriculum develops good levels of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness”.
The school achieved the top grade of ‘excellent’ in their recent WSCC Health and Safety Inspection. The pupils are fully involved in helping to keep themselves and all the school community safe.
Every child takes part in a risk assessment discussion before any school trip or new activity in school and they all have access to the premises manager’s folder, where they can write down when they notice something that could be unsafe, like a branch sticking out, or a wobbly chair.