J&I school on the right path – Ofsted

A STRUGGLING Liversedge school is on the right track thanks to its new headteacher, a report shows.

Ofsted inspectors praised Norristhorpe Junior and Infants chief Claire Lyles in documents released last month.

Mrs Lyles took over in September last year from an interim headteacher appointed after the previous head retired.

Ofsted found Norristhorpe still needs improvement, but noted Mrs Lyles is doing much to address the problems.

Attendance has gone up significantly as pupils enjoy lessons, feel safe and their parents are now more involved in school life.

But problems remain, including staff absences. The school website showed three teaching vacancies as of this week.

Literacy and numeracy are other weak areas, with pupils found to have to problems with spelling and maths.

The report notes changes, such a new monitoring system and some new teachers, are too recent have had an impact yet.

There was though support for Mrs Lyles, with her efforts praised as putting in the groundwork for future success.

It said: “Initiatives and actions taken by the new headteacher have quickly helped improved staff morale and bring about necessary changes.”

Chairman of governors Steve Parsons, in a letter to parents, welcomed Ofsted’s positive reaction.

He wrote: “There is an acknowledgement that major positive changes have taken place in the school following the appointment of the new head teacher in September.

“The report highlights that all issues that require improvement have already been identified by the current management team at the school and corrective actions are being taken.

“However, as the report frequently points out, it will take time for these changes to have an impact.”

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