GOOD NEWS: Paradise Primary celebrate their latest Ofsted results
GOOD NEWS: Paradise Primary celebrate their latest Ofsted results

Excellence achieved for Dewsbury school

When a school is named ‘Paradise’ there are certain expectations people will have when it comes to the level of education on offer.

For Paradise Primary, in Dewsbury, these expectations are not only constantly met but were reinforced last month after Ofsted officials rated the establishment ‘Good’.

Following a two-and-a-half day inspection in January, the Islamic Faith school was praised for living up to its motto – ‘in the pursuit of excellence’.

The school had previously been inspected in 2011 and up until September 2015 all independent schools, which includes many faith schools, were inspected using a different framework from state maintained schools.

However, from September the independent school inspections were brought in line with those in the state sector, raising the bar significantly

Of the 106 independent faith schools, whose reports have been published since September 2015, only 16 per cent achieved a rating of ‘good’ or ‘better’.

Headteacher at Paradise Primary, Hafsa Patel, said such statistics only reinforce the importance of their ‘Good’ report.

She said: “We are delighted to have been recognised for our hard work despite the unique challenges we face as an independent school and to show all other schools that this is achievable.

“We are proud to offer a high quality education in an Islamic environment with a focus on diversity, integrity and continuous improvement to ensure we produce well rounded adults of the future.

“I would like to thank all involved including the governors, parents and all supporters of PPS.”

In Paradise Primary’s latest Ofsted report, pupils’ personal development and welfare were highlighted as outstanding, whilst the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of children were labelled Excellent.