School garners further praise

School garners further praise

BELIEVING in every child has kept the fortunes of a Batley school serving a deprived area on track.

That is the view of headteacher Rizwana Ahmed after Carlton Junior and Infants was again praised by inspectors.

Ofsted rated the Upper Road primary good for a third straight time since a wake-up call in 2008. Then, the school struggled to meet targets but has since undergone a transformation.

Ms Ahmed, who joined as deputy headteacher around that time, was among those praised by Ofsted for their efforts.

A report out earlier this month noted many youngsters start with skills and attainment levels below those typical for their age.

The number of children eligible for the pupil premium or who are disabled or have other special needs is above average.

Many are of Pakistani or Indian background and most speak English as an additional language.

But strong progress sees many reach above average standards, especially in reading, by the end of Key Stage 2.

Ms Ahmed, other senior staff and governors are credited with leading this success.

Everything down to the school motto of ‘dream, aspire and achieve’ is about helping children do their best.

Ms Ahmed said: “We follow a ‘can do’ ethos regardless of the socio-economic factors. I believe every child can achieve if we believe in them.”

Some pupils do not do as well at writing and occasionally teachers do not check children fully understand things.

But the report said: “Gaps in the progress made by disadvantaged pupils and their non-disadvantaged peers are closing. In some years they have fully closed. This is because of effective use of the pupil premium funding.”

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