Bradford head teacher is voted best in the country

Jayne Clarke, head teacher at Ryecroft Academy

Jayne Clarke, head teacher at Ryecroft Academy

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A Bradford head teacher has been voted the country's best in a national awards contest.

Jayne Clarke, head of Ryecroft Academy in Holme Wood, was described as inspirational by the judges of the TES school awards as she was declared Head Teacher of the Year.

Ryecroft had suffered a decade of being classed as a failing school before Mrs Clarke become its head in 2008.

Within two years it had been rated as "good" by education watchdog Ofsted and in 2012 it became the first primary in Bradford to convert to an academy in a bid to further improve its performance.

Last year the Government singled out the school as an example how its academy partnership had turned around its fortunes and earlier this year Ofsted judged the school to be outstanding.

Declaring Mrs Clarke as winner of the TES awards, the judges noted Ryecroft draws most of its pupils from one of the poorest catchments in the country, with 90 per cent of students requiring external support and 80 per cent eligible for free school meals.

"For many children, school lunch is their only proper meal," they said.

"Yet, from this starting point, the school has made startling progress. Its maths and reading SATS results are now within the top 20 per cent nationally; all students achieve two levels of progress; and 100 per cent of girls and 89 per cent of boys reach level 4 at key stage 2, exceeding national averages."

The judges continued “In some of the most trying circumstances possible - Jayne Clarke and her unconditional respect for all children have achieved miracles.”

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12:43pm Sun 6 Jul 14

sorrow&anger says...

If the teaching is so good, why is Bradford's education languishing at the bottom of the national league tables. It must be the Council undoing all the good work put in at the chalk face.
If the teaching is so good, why is Bradford's education languishing at the bottom of the national league tables. It must be the Council undoing all the good work put in at the chalk face. sorrow&anger
  • Score: -22

2:22pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Quick, get her cloned
Quick, get her cloned Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 32

2:07am Mon 7 Jul 14

Raj2121 says...

You want to see the head teacher at bradford acedemy
The guy is useless, teachers use mobile phones in class during teaching, teachers dress up like they going on a modelling shoot, and the head teacher is not bothered.
You want to see the head teacher at bradford acedemy The guy is useless, teachers use mobile phones in class during teaching, teachers dress up like they going on a modelling shoot, and the head teacher is not bothered. Raj2121
  • Score: -2

8:23am Mon 7 Jul 14

bd7 helper says...

Easy life
Easy life bd7 helper
  • Score: -17

8:59am Mon 7 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

Excellent job Jayne, great that the work you and the rest of the teachers have done at Ryecroft Academy has been recognised in this way. Brilliant, it can only be good for the kids!!!!!
Excellent job Jayne, great that the work you and the rest of the teachers have done at Ryecroft Academy has been recognised in this way. Brilliant, it can only be good for the kids!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 22

1:06pm Mon 7 Jul 14

MissyJE says...

It is wonderful to see some positive press about education in Bradford. There is some amazing work going on that should be celebrated. Ryecroft were also one of six schools nationally short listed for the primary school of the year.
It is wonderful to see some positive press about education in Bradford. There is some amazing work going on that should be celebrated. Ryecroft were also one of six schools nationally short listed for the primary school of the year. MissyJE
  • Score: 13

11:13pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Prettyinpink91 says...

A very well done to Jayne, although the comment by the judges that this is "their only proper meal of the day" is very typecast and very rude. Also, would be nice to credit the teachers, teaching assistants and the canteen staff who do a great job probably on a quarter of the pay! But well done to Ryecroft as a whole!! Good going
A very well done to Jayne, although the comment by the judges that this is "their only proper meal of the day" is very typecast and very rude. Also, would be nice to credit the teachers, teaching assistants and the canteen staff who do a great job probably on a quarter of the pay! But well done to Ryecroft as a whole!! Good going Prettyinpink91
  • Score: 3

1:17pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Baildon Bystander says...

Congratulations to Mrs Clarke on turning the school around, however, the way the article reads looks to me as if the award's been given because the school was turned into an Academy, so she's just getting a 'gong' for doing what Gove has told her to do.
Congratulations to Mrs Clarke on turning the school around, however, the way the article reads looks to me as if the award's been given because the school was turned into an Academy, so she's just getting a 'gong' for doing what Gove has told her to do. Baildon Bystander
  • Score: 0

3:52pm Fri 11 Jul 14

emma110989 says...

My daughter attends this school and frankly this an outrage this head teacher has no concideration for the pupils at this school it is all a show my daughter was sexualy abused by one of these pupils at the age of 2 he is still attending even though using a false address to get him in the school I explained this to miss clarke and warned that other parents needed to no anyway she told me I had to keep quiet as this would cause outrage. My daughter comes home crying as this boy torments her daily and I tell miss clarke and she does nothing!
My daughter attends this school and frankly this an outrage this head teacher has no concideration for the pupils at this school it is all a show my daughter was sexualy abused by one of these pupils at the age of 2 he is still attending even though using a false address to get him in the school I explained this to miss clarke and warned that other parents needed to no anyway she told me I had to keep quiet as this would cause outrage. My daughter comes home crying as this boy torments her daily and I tell miss clarke and she does nothing! emma110989
  • Score: 2

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