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‘Failing’ school makes progress
7:00am Thursday 29th May 2014 in News
A Bradford school has made “remarkable” improvements just a year after inspectors claimed it had “serious weaknesses.”
The school was even featured in a list of the 200 worst performing primaries in the country.
It was also mentioned as a failing school that the government was pushing to become an academy.
Although the school is currently in discussions with an academy chain, it remains under the control of Bradford Council.
The head councillor for education in Bradford says the school will do whatever is best to give pupils the best chance at a good education.
An updated report on the school, released yesterday, shows that there have been numerous improvements since the last inspection.
Inspectors visited the school late last month and their report concluded: “The school is making reasonable progress towards the removal of its serious weakness designation.”
The initial report, based on an inspection in March 2013, found that governors didn’t have an understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses, that teaching was “variable” and claimed: “a legacy of underachievement remains.”
But in his latest report, inspector Ian Richardson said that the management and leadership team had made “significant progress” and added: “The quality of teaching is improving with a higher proportion of good teaching observed during this visit.”
Coun Ralph Berry, portfolio holder for children’s services at Bradford Council, said: “There is really good work being done at the school. It may be that things are pointing the school towards becoming an academy – we need to find the best way of sustaining the improvements happening there.”