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Smallest school in district is rated big success by Ofsted
The smallest school in the Bradford district has received a glowing Ofsted report that noted recent improvements.
Inspectors praised the way youngsters were encouraged from the very first minute.
They said: “Children get off to a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
“They settle quickly and are well prepared for Year One because of stimulating activities that capture their imagination and interest.
“Children’s experiences and skills on entry to the reception class vary considerably from year to year but are generally in line with those typically expected of this age group,” they said.
The report also says that since November 2011, when the school was judged to be satisfactory, improvements in teaching were now ensuring that pupils were making good progress throughout the school thanks to high- quality leadership.
Results of the 2013 Year One national reading check on pupils’ knowledge of phonics was well above average.
The report adds: “Reading is well taught and pupils develop an enjoyment of reading.
“By the end of Key Stage Two pupils are making expected levels of progress in reading, writing and maths, with some children achieving better than expected in all areas.”
Pupils are praised for their good behaviour and the inspectors say the head teacher and governing body lead the school effectively.
Head teacher Fiona Lidstone-Green said: “We’re the smallest primary school in Bradford and this fantastic result is due to the excellent team of staff at Oldfield and an amazing group of children.
“We are delighted with this glowing report as it reflects how we see the school.
“Parents, pupils, staff and governors have all worked hard to bring about the improvements which have led to Oldfield Primary being judged good.
“This is a whole school and community achievement of which we are all very proud.”
Coun Ralph Berry, executive member for children’s services, said: “Oldfield Primary should be proud of this report which clearly shows the progress made in the school since the last inspection.”