Village primary is a good and improving school

Article dated Friday Dec 1, 2017 at 04:38 PM

Cottingley Village Primary has been praised as a good and improving school, in its latest Ofsted inspection.

lt has retained its good status following a visit from inspectors last month.

The new report describes Cottingley Village Primary as offering "a caring, nurturing and inclusive family atmosphere where pupils learn in an environment of trust and respect."

The report praises the school’s headteacher and leadership team for delivering significant improvements since Cottingley Village Primary was last inspected in 2012, when it was also judged to go be good.

Pupils are said to be polite, well mannered and enjoy going to school.

Ofsted said parents spoke highly of the support their children get from staff to help them succeed and are proud of the school and all it achieves.

Children are said to be making good progress up to the end of Key Stage Two with some making better gains in reading, writing and maths than the national average for 11 year olds.  As a result Cottingley Village primary outperforms the national average in Key Stage Two tests and assessments.

Ofsted say there is a strong culture of safeguarding in the school.

Inspectors also praise the work done since the last inspection to promote attendance with Cottingley Village Primary School now ranked in the top five per cent in the Bradford district for how regularly children attend.

Cottingley Village Primary’s Headteacher Nichola Geale said: "We are very pleased with this report. What comes across very clearly is that the school has a strong sense of family and that everyone from our staff, pupils, parents and governors are proud to be a part of it.

"It is good to see Ofsted recognise the improvements we have made over the last five years. We work tenaciously to ensure all our pupils are well supported to make progress."

The school’s chair of governors Jo Reynard said: “We are delighted with the outcome. Having seen the commitment the staff and students have to the school it is a real boost to be recognised in this way. The governors recognise the school is outstanding in many areas and continues to develop in these trying times with limited budgets.”

Coun Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s executive member for education, employment and skills said: "This is a very positive report. Not only have Ofsted found that Cottingley Village Primary School continues to provide a good standard of education but they recognise that it is an improving school which is helping its pupils to make good progress in a caring and supportive environment. My congratulations go to everyone at the school."

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