Inspectors praise 'outstanding' Beckfoot School

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Alice Page, pictured with headteacher David Horn and Rahaat Rahman. Alice Page, pictured with headteacher David Horn and Rahaat Rahman.

INSPECTORS have praised an academy in Bingley as "outstanding" in every category, and called its head "inspirational."

The glowing Ofsted report on Beckfoot School gives top marks in every category, from teaching to pupil behaviour to management. Teachers are described as being "obsessed" with getting the best out of their students.

Coun Ralph Berry, executive member for children's services at Bradford Council, said the report was one of the best he had ever read.

Among the highlights in the report are that children from white and Asian backgrounds both show the same "excellent progress" and that disabled students fare "extremely well."

The Wagon Lane school, which converted to an academy last August, is one of the biggest in the district with over 1,600 students, and a higher number of ethnic minority students than the national average. Head David Horn is also chair of the Bradford Schools Partnership, set up to support schools across the district and share good practices.

In 1999, Beckfoot was graded by Ofsted as satisfactory and in 2005 and 2008 it moved to good.

The latest report, released on Thursday, says: "The inspirational headteacher has made the improvement of teaching and learning his relentless focus. Along with his creative and dynamic senior team, he has ensured that teachers are equally obsessed with getting the very best from students.

"The school’s work to promote equality and tackle discrimination is excellent. There is a buzz of learning in the school and students take a genuine delight in mastering new skills.

"A finely honed sense of community is shared and promoted by all the students and adults. All those involved with the school, including parents, speak with pride of being a, ‘Beckfooter’ and how the ‘Beckfoot learner’ is at the heart of the school."

On the teaching in the school, it adds: "Leaders, teachers and students are relentless in seeking ways to improve learning."

When asked to comment on the result, Mr Horn instead asked a pupil to give their verdict. Rahaat Rahman, from Year Nine said: "The judgement of outstanding gives all the students attending Beckfoot a sense of pride because the judgement is about them and their school. It means that we are one of the top schools in the country as well as in Bradford. As student leaders we must now look for new ways for the school to keep improving."

Coun Berry said: "It is honestly the best high school Ofsted report I have read. It is an incredibly good result.

"It says the most vulnerable young people are properly supported and the head has a very ethical approach to education and leadership. The pupils feel empowered to believe in themselves.

"The school has a diverse range of students, and this result is a real Bradford success story."

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7:55pm Fri 27 Jun 14

sorrow&anger says...

Fine. One swallow doesn't make a summer. What is Cllr. Berry going to do about all the other schools in Bradford that are failing? (With all due respect to his 16 and 4 point plans.)
Fine. One swallow doesn't make a summer. What is Cllr. Berry going to do about all the other schools in Bradford that are failing? (With all due respect to his 16 and 4 point plans.) sorrow&anger
  • Score: 15

7:58pm Fri 27 Jun 14

izzystillbreathing says...

Beckfoot's catchment area doesn't exactly include the inside of the ring road. Does this tell us something?
Beckfoot's catchment area doesn't exactly include the inside of the ring road. Does this tell us something? izzystillbreathing
  • Score: 17

8:01pm Fri 27 Jun 14

SecondHannah says...

I am in despair. Why can't my son go to a school like this? Why is the only choice he has is a school OFSTED describes as cr@p.
I am in despair. Why can't my son go to a school like this? Why is the only choice he has is a school OFSTED describes as cr@p. SecondHannah
  • Score: 31

8:15pm Fri 27 Jun 14

genius1991 says...

Good to see the old stomping ground still improving after the move into the new building. David Horn is an excellent head, and they've really taken the academy status to the level it was intended. Even in the old building, it was a great place to grow up in - so for me the report isn't too surprising.
Good to see the old stomping ground still improving after the move into the new building. David Horn is an excellent head, and they've really taken the academy status to the level it was intended. Even in the old building, it was a great place to grow up in - so for me the report isn't too surprising. genius1991
  • Score: 1

8:42pm Fri 27 Jun 14

pcmanners says...

SecondHannah wrote:
I am in despair. Why can't my son go to a school like this? Why is the only choice he has is a school OFSTED describes as cr@p.
I understand your concern. After the next election you will be free to pay for your son to go to any school you chose.
[quote][p][bold]SecondHannah[/bold] wrote: I am in despair. Why can't my son go to a school like this? Why is the only choice he has is a school OFSTED describes as cr@p.[/p][/quote]I understand your concern. After the next election you will be free to pay for your son to go to any school you chose. pcmanners
  • Score: -26

8:56pm Fri 27 Jun 14

SecondHannah says...

pcmanners wrote:
SecondHannah wrote:
I am in despair. Why can't my son go to a school like this? Why is the only choice he has is a school OFSTED describes as cr@p.
I understand your concern. After the next election you will be free to pay for your son to go to any school you chose.
Free. How am I free if me and my husband only earn just enough to live? You are a fool.
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SecondHannah[/bold] wrote: I am in despair. Why can't my son go to a school like this? Why is the only choice he has is a school OFSTED describes as cr@p.[/p][/quote]I understand your concern. After the next election you will be free to pay for your son to go to any school you chose.[/p][/quote]Free. How am I free if me and my husband only earn just enough to live? You are a fool. SecondHannah
  • Score: 31

9:25pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Grumpygirl says...

SecondHannah wrote:
pcmanners wrote:
SecondHannah wrote:
I am in despair. Why can't my son go to a school like this? Why is the only choice he has is a school OFSTED describes as cr@p.
I understand your concern. After the next election you will be free to pay for your son to go to any school you chose.
Free. How am I free if me and my husband only earn just enough to live? You are a fool.
Hannah, ignore PC. He is a fool and a troll. Unfortunately there are a lot of free-market-libertar
ian idiots like him. Just make sure Cameron doesn't get in at the next election.
[quote][p][bold]SecondHannah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SecondHannah[/bold] wrote: I am in despair. Why can't my son go to a school like this? Why is the only choice he has is a school OFSTED describes as cr@p.[/p][/quote]I understand your concern. After the next election you will be free to pay for your son to go to any school you chose.[/p][/quote]Free. How am I free if me and my husband only earn just enough to live? You are a fool.[/p][/quote]Hannah, ignore PC. He is a fool and a troll. Unfortunately there are a lot of free-market-libertar ian idiots like him. Just make sure Cameron doesn't get in at the next election. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 21

10:31pm Fri 27 Jun 14

piltdownman says...

This just proves the old adage that pupils make a school and teachers break it.

A school full of well brought up kids with parents that take an interest and have high expectations will always succeed.

If you've classes full of no-hopers that don't even speak English then you're doomed.
This just proves the old adage that pupils make a school and teachers break it. A school full of well brought up kids with parents that take an interest and have high expectations will always succeed. If you've classes full of no-hopers that don't even speak English then you're doomed. piltdownman
  • Score: 7

8:03am Sat 28 Jun 14

Bikerbeardy says...

piltdownman wrote:
This just proves the old adage that pupils make a school and teachers break it.

A school full of well brought up kids with parents that take an interest and have high expectations will always succeed.

If you've classes full of no-hopers that don't even speak English then you're doomed.
Absolutely spot on, my son is going there in September, my daughter left last year with top grades in all subjects, the teachers are fantastic and the head is very good.
Well done Beckfoot.
[quote][p][bold]piltdownman[/bold] wrote: This just proves the old adage that pupils make a school and teachers break it. A school full of well brought up kids with parents that take an interest and have high expectations will always succeed. If you've classes full of no-hopers that don't even speak English then you're doomed.[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on, my son is going there in September, my daughter left last year with top grades in all subjects, the teachers are fantastic and the head is very good. Well done Beckfoot. Bikerbeardy
  • Score: 16

10:14am Sat 28 Jun 14

thatsnotmyname says...

Christ, you get some good news and there's always someone on here who likes to have a dig because they're sad **** themselves.

Well done to all the hard working teachers and the head of this school.
Christ, you get some good news and there's always someone on here who likes to have a dig because they're sad **** themselves. Well done to all the hard working teachers and the head of this school. thatsnotmyname
  • Score: 6

1:12pm Sat 28 Jun 14

sunnysidedown says...

thatsnotmyname wrote:
Christ, you get some good news and there's always someone on here who likes to have a dig because they're sad **** themselves.

Well done to all the hard working teachers and the head of this school.
I can understand your point but the when it comes to Bradford the negativity is usually justified.

Hannah's post says it all. She is rightly concerned that her son's life chances are being taken away by the poor quality schooling that is the norm in Bradford.

Cllr. Berry should be spending his time fixing the school Hannah's son goes to, not basking in the reflected glory of Beckfoot.
[quote][p][bold]thatsnotmyname[/bold] wrote: Christ, you get some good news and there's always someone on here who likes to have a dig because they're sad **** themselves. Well done to all the hard working teachers and the head of this school.[/p][/quote]I can understand your point but the when it comes to Bradford the negativity is usually justified. Hannah's post says it all. She is rightly concerned that her son's life chances are being taken away by the poor quality schooling that is the norm in Bradford. Cllr. Berry should be spending his time fixing the school Hannah's son goes to, not basking in the reflected glory of Beckfoot. sunnysidedown
  • Score: 5

9:06am Sun 29 Jun 14

Osgood says...

sunnysidedown wrote:
thatsnotmyname wrote:
Christ, you get some good news and there's always someone on here who likes to have a dig because they're sad **** themselves.

Well done to all the hard working teachers and the head of this school.
I can understand your point but the when it comes to Bradford the negativity is usually justified.

Hannah's post says it all. She is rightly concerned that her son's life chances are being taken away by the poor quality schooling that is the norm in Bradford.

Cllr. Berry should be spending his time fixing the school Hannah's son goes to, not basking in the reflected glory of Beckfoot.
Fair Point. I think you'd find that Cllr. Berry spends a fair bit of his time trying to help schools improve, but only teachers, pupils and their parents can actually 'fix' a school.
[quote][p][bold]sunnysidedown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thatsnotmyname[/bold] wrote: Christ, you get some good news and there's always someone on here who likes to have a dig because they're sad **** themselves. Well done to all the hard working teachers and the head of this school.[/p][/quote]I can understand your point but the when it comes to Bradford the negativity is usually justified. Hannah's post says it all. She is rightly concerned that her son's life chances are being taken away by the poor quality schooling that is the norm in Bradford. Cllr. Berry should be spending his time fixing the school Hannah's son goes to, not basking in the reflected glory of Beckfoot.[/p][/quote]Fair Point. I think you'd find that Cllr. Berry spends a fair bit of his time trying to help schools improve, but only teachers, pupils and their parents can actually 'fix' a school. Osgood
  • Score: 3

2:53pm Mon 30 Jun 14

mjtagg says...

piltdownman wrote:
This just proves the old adage that pupils make a school and teachers break it.

A school full of well brought up kids with parents that take an interest and have high expectations will always succeed.

If you've classes full of no-hopers that don't even speak English then you're doomed.
I find this comment an affront to all the hard working staff at Beckfoot, If you cared to read the Ofsted report the school isn't populated by privileged background students, on the contrary it has a higher number than average of disadvantaged students. It is model of how all comprehensives should be. There is very little difference between the intake at Beckfoot as compared with any of the other surrounding schools. Give credit where it is due!!
[quote][p][bold]piltdownman[/bold] wrote: This just proves the old adage that pupils make a school and teachers break it. A school full of well brought up kids with parents that take an interest and have high expectations will always succeed. If you've classes full of no-hopers that don't even speak English then you're doomed.[/p][/quote]I find this comment an affront to all the hard working staff at Beckfoot, If you cared to read the Ofsted report the school isn't populated by privileged background students, on the contrary it has a higher number than average of disadvantaged students. It is model of how all comprehensives should be. There is very little difference between the intake at Beckfoot as compared with any of the other surrounding schools. Give credit where it is due!! mjtagg
  • Score: 4

2:59pm Mon 30 Jun 14

mjtagg says...

izzystillbreathing wrote:
Beckfoot's catchment area doesn't exactly include the inside of the ring road. Does this tell us something?
Actually you will find a greater number of Beckfoot's student do exactly that! It has higher number of students from Shipley and Manningham than does the other Bingley School
[quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: Beckfoot's catchment area doesn't exactly include the inside of the ring road. Does this tell us something?[/p][/quote]Actually you will find a greater number of Beckfoot's student do exactly that! It has higher number of students from Shipley and Manningham than does the other Bingley School mjtagg
  • Score: 5

11:17am Tue 1 Jul 14

bingleymumsy says...

The difference between this school and a lot of other schools in the district is that the Head has nurtured a culture whereby the teachers respect the kids and the kids respect the teachers. The kids have a voice and are treated like they actually count for something; they have a say in their school and how it is run and thats whats creates the buzz in the school, the majority of kids there want to learn and succeed and they are proud of the school, its achievements and proud to belong to it. Its taken the Head a while to achieve this culture and once achieved, the academic results have improved immeasurably. Beckfoot has its fair share of underprivileged kids and from all aspects of life, yet that does not stop its success. All schools are capable of achieving this with the right leadership and mentally and will to succeed.
The difference between this school and a lot of other schools in the district is that the Head has nurtured a culture whereby the teachers respect the kids and the kids respect the teachers. The kids have a voice and are treated like they actually count for something; they have a say in their school and how it is run and thats whats creates the buzz in the school, the majority of kids there want to learn and succeed and they are proud of the school, its achievements and proud to belong to it. Its taken the Head a while to achieve this culture and once achieved, the academic results have improved immeasurably. Beckfoot has its fair share of underprivileged kids and from all aspects of life, yet that does not stop its success. All schools are capable of achieving this with the right leadership and mentally and will to succeed. bingleymumsy
  • Score: 1

4:32pm Tue 8 Jul 14

josouth says...

Well done beckfoot!!! This was great to read and so very well deserved :) fantastic!!!!! One proud parent :)
Well done beckfoot!!! This was great to read and so very well deserved :) fantastic!!!!! One proud parent :) josouth
  • Score: 0
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