Education watchdog impressed with all aspects of learning at Idle Primary School

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Idle C of E Primary School head teacher John Bowers with pupils Idle C of E Primary School head teacher John Bowers with pupils

A primary school has become the first in the Bradford district to be rated as “outstanding” in all areas since a new tougher inspection framework was introduced last year.

Idle CE Primary School has been given the accolade following an inspection by education watchdog Ofsted last month.

It means the school is the first primary in the district to get the top mark in all four inspection areas since the examining framework was revised last September. The new criteria is seen as being tougher and so more challenging for schools to achieve the top ratings.

Idle Primary School was found to be outstanding in achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management. At the last inspection in 2009 the school was deemed “good”.

The latest inspection was carried out on February 12 and 13 and in their report, the inspectors said: “Pupils are very well prepared for the next step in their education.

“They make outstanding progress and considerably exceed national expectations by the time they leave school at the end of Year Six.

“The quality of teaching is outstanding. Teachers have excellent subject knowledge and know the needs of their pupils very well. As a result, pupils are inspired by and highly engaged in learning in lessons.

“Pupils are very well mannered, polite and have a deep commitment to the learning of their peers whom they help all the time.

“Pupils have an excellent understanding of all forms of bullying. They feel safe in school and are well cared for.”

Head teacher John Bowers said he was “immensely proud” of the school’s achievement, adding: “The school is delighted at Ofsted’s judgement as it reflects how we see our school.

“The positive outcome has been made possible due to the inspirational and dedicated staff, insightful and motivated governors, engaged and supportive parents and the imaginative and enthusiastic pupils.”

Councillor Ralph Berry, executive member for children’s services on Bradford Council, said: “This is an excellent result for Idle CE Primary and congratulations to all who have worked so hard to bring about this amazing achievement.”

At the school, in Boothroyd Drive, 80 per cent of pupils play a musical instrument and each pupil attends at least one of the school’s 40 clubs.

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