Primary school is rated as good five times in a row

Article dated Thursday Dec 7, 2017 at 05:49 PM

Children at Keelham Primary School are continuing to receive a good education, according to its latest Ofsted inspection.

Inspectors judged the school to be Good for the fifth time when they visited last month.

In a glowing report, the inspectors commented that the leadership team "has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection."

The "highly effective and stable leadership team has ensured that the school has sustained its high standards by responding promptly to any changes in pupils' outcomes so it has continued to improve."

"Overall, outcomes have been very strong over time. The proportion of children reaching a good level of development by the end of early years has been consistently above national average."

"By the end of Key Stages One and Two, attainment at the expected standard has almost always been above the national average in reading, writing and mathematics."

Debra Butler, headteacher, said: "We are really pleased with Ofsted's findings and delighted that the school has maintained its consistent Good judgement. Pupils, parents, staff, governors and the wider community have all played a part in enabling the school to continue to be a Good school and we are all very proud."

Councillor Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills, said: "This is great news for Keelham Primary and another example of the good education being provided in our district.

"It is a massive achievement to have five successive Good judgements and all those who have worked so hard which in turn has allowed the school to maintain this standard should be very proud."

Other comments in the report include:

  • Pupils are incredibly supportive of each other, demonstrated by the caring attitudes shown when they cooperated together in a mixed-age group. Their very high attendance, which is well above the national average, is testament to their enjoyment of school and the value they see in their education.
  • The proportion of pupils who meet the standard in the Year 1 phonics screening check has also been repeatedly above, and often well above, national figures.
  • Governors are passionate about improving the school and are keen to support and challenge school leaders to enable this.
  • Pupils are very happy at school.

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