Holme Wood primary academy praised by Government

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Headteacher Jayne Clarke with pupils, James Smith, Kieran Roundall, Neveah McGinty, Ethan McMahon and Duane Wong Buy this photo » Headteacher Jayne Clarke with pupils, James Smith, Kieran Roundall, Neveah McGinty, Ethan McMahon and Duane Wong

The head of a Bradford primary believes the academy system gives schools the power to progress.

Jayne Clarke, head teacher at Ryecroft Primary Academy in Holme Wood, said the school is a shining example of how the system can turn a school round, boasting a near trebling of test results.

And Ryecroft has been singled out by the Department of Education as proof the idea works.

Ryecroft became an academy in September 2012. Mrs Clarke had arrived five years earlier.

“The school was in dire circumstances,” she said. “Really, really low standards. The children were being let down. We were not in a good place.

“It was a moment of ‘Oh, my goodness’. But then it was, let’s roll up our sleeves and work with me to give the children what they deserved.

“There was a legacy of under-achievement.”

The DofE then broached academy status. “We set about finding a sponsor matching our purposes and NET validated what we were doing. We were urged to take risks.

“We won’t tolerate second-best. We will lead from the front.”

Mrs Clarke says the school is now the hub of the community. “Everyone is so proud of the school,” she said.

“This is a safe, yet exciting, place. We have given children the power to belong and feel good about themselves. That didn’t exist before.”

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree