Head wins praise but school ‘must do better’

Issue 666

A SCHOOL in Birkenshaw in transition from major changes requires improvement, inspectors say.

Birkenshaw Primary on Station Lane slipped from a ‘good’ rating when its predecessor was rated by Ofsted in 2010.

The former infant and nursery school became a full primary two years later, with its first cohort of Year Five and Year Six children starting in September 2012 and September 2013 respectively.

Over the same period, a new headteacher and deputy headteacher started work alongside a number of new staff.

New governors have come in and the school joined a partnership with others, including Cleckheaton’s Whitechapel Primary.

Ofsted found not enough children make good progress at Key Stage Two, especially in reading and writing.

And the gap between disadvantaged pupils and others at the end of Year Six is not closed.

Leaders have not acted to improve teaching quickly enough while some governors are out of touch, it adds.

Early years provision, behaviour, pupil safety and their social, moral and spiritual development were all found to be good.

HeadteacherRebeccaMartin was praised for taking the steps needed to boost performance.

The report said: “The headteacher has clearly set out to make this school the best it can be...

“This drive and ambition percolates through her leadership team and through the positive attitudes of staff, parents and pupils... and staff are increasingly responding to the high expectations set by the leadership team.”

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