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Barkerend school wins praise from Ofsted inspectors
An inner-city primary school has overcome challenges to impress a team of inspectors.
The school was rated inadequate and placed in special measures in 2007, but came out a year later when it was rated satisfactory.
Bradford Council stepped in to offer increased support and replaced the governing body with an interim executive board to lead the school.
Despite an interim report raising concerns about inadequate progress in 2010, the school was again rated satisfactory in 2011.
In the latest Ofsted report, inspectors said pupils’ progress was accelerating rapidly and praised head teacher Wahid Zaman.
It said: “The capable and uncompromising leadership by the head teacher has been key to the school’s rapid improvement since the time of the previous inspection.
“With the support of the local authority he has made brave decisions and implemented many actions to bring this about.
“For example, following a period of considerable difficulties and changes in staffing, he has built a strong team which, along with members of the interim executive board, share an ambition to secure improvement.”
But it said some lessons needed to offer pupils more of a challenge.
It said: “Teaching does not always offer enough challenge, and as a result, this occasionally slows the rate at which pupils make progress as they move through the school.” The Council has now withdrawn the high level of support it was offering. A new governing body has been appointed and will lead the school from September.
Mr Zaman thanked Bradford Council for its help. He said: “We are delighted with this glowing report as it reflects how we and the community see the school. Everyone working with the school is aspirational for all our children.”
Councillor Ralph Berry, executive member for children’s services, said: “This is an excellent achievement for Lapage Primary and one of which pupils, parents, staff, governors and the wider community are very proud.”