Academic aces: Keighley School celebrates Ofsted turnaround


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To mark the ‘sky high’ commendations of children at a Bradford Primary School by Ofsted officials this month, pupils have taken part in a mass balloon launch ahead of their summer holidays.

Riddlesden St Mary’s C of E Primary School was judged to be ‘Good’ following its latest Ofsted inspection, just over two years after being told ‘improvements were required’.

In a very complimentary 2016 report, the inspectors added: “The headteacher has high expectations of pupils and staff.  As a result, pupils’ outcomes and the quality of teaching have improved over time and are now good.”

The celebratory balloon launch saw hundreds of colourful balloons released into the sky above the Keighley school.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Riddlesden St Mary’s C of E Primary School held a balloon launch at their school after receiving a ‘Good’ Ofsted report this month

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Riddlesden St Mary’s C of E Primary School held a balloon launch at their school after receiving a ‘Good’ Ofsted report this month

Head Teacher, Linda Wright, said the report was a reflection of the collective efforts of everyone involved at St Mary’s.

“We are delighted with Ofsted’s findings as they recognised the amount of work which everyone has put in to bring about this positive outcome,” she said.

“We are particularly pleased they recognised the robust systems which we put in place to support improvement are proving efficient and that our Governors are well informed and pro-active.”

Other comments in the report included appraisal for the school’s promotion of reading, and the belief from parents that their children enjoy learning.

It also added: “Leaders are passionate about the school’s values and promote them exceptionally well.  As a result, pupils develop a clear understanding of democracy, law, freedom, liberty, tolerance and respect.”

Michael Jameson, Bradford Council’s Director of Children’s Services, said:  “This is an excellent result for Riddlesden St Mary’s.  

“Pupils, staff, parents, Governors and the wider community who have all contributed to this achievement should be very proud.”

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