‘We’re flying now’ says school head

A SCHOOL in Batley is expected to be praised by inspectors for its continuing return to form.

Ofsted made a second visit to Batley Business and Enterprise College (BBEC) on June 25 after it was rated as ‘inadequate’ in January.

A report due out now is to say the 11-to-16 secondary on Blenheim Drive is making “rapid progress”.

In March, a monitoring inspection stated change at the former Batley High School for Boys was already under way.

New headteacher Samantha Vickers was praised and teaching was described as “no longer inadequate”.

Now the college, due to be renamed Upper Batley High School in September, is described as a place where “mediocrity is being effectively challenged”.

Teaching and marking has improved and a revamped governing body is holding leaders to account.

Miss Vickers is also said to have instilled a “growing culture of aspiration” among pupils. Children, whose behaviour was praised, have an increasing sense of pride in the school as a result.

An anti-radicalisation and extremism strategy is in place and the gap between  the lowest and highest achieving pupils is closing.

Miss Vickers said: “This is a nice way to end the year. The staff have got a real buzz from the report because their hard work is paying off.”

She added that since January, external officers from Ofsted made three other visits to the school.

They said BBEC would now rank as “good” in the main areas of leadership, behaviour, teaching and pupil achievement.

A visit by Kirklees Council showed the same, but a full Ofsted inspection is not due again until next year.

Miss Vickers said: “We feel like we’re flying now. We’ve worked all year on improving standards.

“The boys do take real pride in coming here. And it’s great to end the year on such a positive note.”

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