Headfield School still improving

Headfield School still improving

A SCHOOL in Thornhill Lees needs improvement, according to inspectors enforcing tough new guidelines.

Headfield Junior School, a Church of England primary on Vicarage Road, was rated good when Ofsted visited in 2009.

Pupil behaviour and school leadership were still rated at that level in a report published last month.

And lead inspector Helen Gaunt hinted it could only be a matter of time before Headfield is ranked good across the board again.

The quality of teaching, and pupil achievement as a result, was until recently a weakness but is now improving.

Other judgements include:

• Not enough pupils reach higher levels in Maths and English;

• Teachers spend too long introducing tasks;

• Marking is inconsistent.

But the report states that leaders, who are working to bring about improvements, have not had long enough to address these issues.

A further mitigating factor is the number of children from poorer families eligible for the pupil premium is above average.

The report also shows many children are from ethnic minority groups and some speak English as a second language.

It added: “The majority of teaching seen was good or better but has not yet resulted in pupils’ sustained good achievement.”

The teaching of reading and maths is also improving, leading to increased rates of progress in these areas.

The report said Kirklees Council regard Headfield as needing only ‘light touch’ support, which means one visit a year from link officers.

It concluded: “Governors are committed to the school. They systematically check on the progress of the school’s development plan...

“(They also) support school leaders, holding them to account for the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement.”

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