Ofsted accolade for school which makes learning fun and exciting

Ofsted accolade for school which makes learning fun and exciting

EXCITING lessons and trips out are transforming the lives of children in one of the district’s most underprivileged areas.

High Bank Junior Infant and Nursery in Liversedge has just been graded ‘good’ by Ofsted.

The Eighth Avenue school serves the Windy Bank Estate, which has long been seen as one of the most disadvantaged parts of North Kirklees.

Ofsted found in one year group more than 90 per cent of youngsters were eligible for the pupil premium. But staff led by headteacher Karen Summers are driving up aspiration and achievement. Trips to art galleries and museums and visits from Shakespearean theatre companies broaden children’s outlook. There is also a tour of parliament coming up with Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox.

Reading is made fun by turning the activity into games, like finding hidden model animals connected to stories.

The report said: “School leaders and staff have high expectations of what pupils can achieve, despite their often high levels of need.”

It added: “Some arrive with little or no English, from families who are new to England.

“They settle quickly into the nurturing environment of the school and start to engage with learning and make good progress over time.”

By the end of Key Stage Two the standard reached by most pupils is at or close to the national average.

Mrs Summers said: “I am extremely proud Ofsted has graded the school as ‘good’ in all areas.

“The staff, governors and parents have worked extremely hard over the last two years to improve the quality of education provided by the school.

“Many outstanding features were identified by the lead inspector and we will continue to build on this success.”

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