School's ‘good’ rating delight

A SCHOOL in Birkenshaw is out of special measures having been rated Good across the board.

The BBG Academy on Bradford Road was praised by Ofsted in a report published last Friday.

In October 2014 the school was rated inadequate and taken over by the Rodillian Multi-Academy Trust.

The school, whose founding was backed by Prime Minister David Cameron, steadily improved.

In January this year the governing body stood down, followed by the headteacher a month later.

Changes at the top were said to be to drive improvements faster – and it seems to be working.

New governors were found by Ofsted to have extensive understanding of education.

They are monitoring pupil performance closely and teachers have to justify the impact of money spent and action taken.

Senior leaders have high expectations and both staff and children are rising to the challenges set, Ofsted said.

Headteacher Jason Kenneally said he was proud to invite parents to read the report.

He added: “The outcome has seen the BBG Academy... be removed from Ofsted’s rating of special measures and is now officially judged as Good.” Teaching of English, maths and science has improved considerably while all pupils make good progress in those subjects.

BBG Academy missed out on an outstanding rating due to other progress in other subjects not being as strong.

A small minority of pupils, mainly boys, are sometimes not positive about their learning.

Marking policies are sometimes not followed while the most able children are occasionally not challenged enough.

Those in Year 11 will be the first at the school, which opened in September 2013, to sit GCSEs.

Ofsted praised a tough system of mock exams and internal tracking which shows pupils are on course to do well.

Careers guidance was also good and the report said: “Year 11 pupils say they are well-informed about their choices...

“As a result nearly all of them have decided what they are going to do when they leave BBG Academy...”


Praise for Academy Trust’s ‘fabulous job’

THE rise of BBG Academy was hailed online by a founding parent-governor.

Coun Lisa Holmes (Con, Liversedge and Gomersal) was among those who welcomed an Ofsted rating of Good.

She was one of the activists who campaigned for a high school on the site of the old Birkenshaw Middle.

Coun Holmes, who stood down as a BBG governor in January, posted on the Gomersal Matters Facebook page: “... when our community set out to fight for a local high school, all we ever wanted was a good school for our children.

“It’s been a long and difficult journey but we got there in the end... Rodillian have done a fabulous job.”

Parent Michelle Grainger-Mead wrote: “Fantastic news. You have to jump through hoops these days to get a Good from Ofsted.”

The school’s creation was supported by David Cameron before the 2010 general election.

A tug of war with Kirklees Council eventually saw the school open three years later.

Within 13 months BBG Academy was judged inadequate and put in special measures by Ofsted.

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