Greengates Primary School deemed inadequate by Ofsted

Primary school deemed inadequate by Ofsted

Primary school deemed inadequate by Ofsted

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THE head of a primary school in the district has promised to "rapidly improve" the school after a disappointing inspection report.

Ofsted released its report into Greengates Primary School on Stockhill Road over the weekend, rating it as 'inadequate.'

It comes just four years after the school was deemed 'good' by inspectors.

But Ofsted said pupils' progress had "declined markedly" since the last inspection.

Although behaviour and safety at the school is described as "good," with pupils described as "welcoming and polite," inspectors flagged up the achievement of pupils and quality of teaching as a cause for concern.

Inspectors visited the school early last month, and their report says: "Over the past two years inadequate teaching has resulted in inadequate progress for too many pupils.

"Attainment at the end of year 6 fell from above average in 2011 to well below average in 2013. In 2013 pupils on all ability levels, including the most able, did not reach the standards of which they were capable and so underachieved.

"The impact of teaching has been inadequate because it has not ensured pupils make the progress they should ."

Although the school's leadership and management has been identified as "requiring improvement" the report says: "Senior leaders recognise they have not acted quickly enough to arrest the decline in achievement over the last two years."

It reveals that Bradford Council has placed the school into a "category of concern."

Meanwhile, school results mean it does not meet the Government's minimum standards for progress in English and maths.

Headteacher Andrew Gaunt said the issues flagged up in the report had already been identified by the school.

He said the school was working to deal with all the issues mentioned in the report as quickly as possible.

Mr Gaunt said: "Naturally we are disappointed with the result of the recent inspection, but in house monitoring systems had already identified the areas that needed addressing before the inspection, and actions had already been put in place.

"The school is working closely with the local authority to bring around rapid improvement. This year the majority of our pupils met national standards and an increasing number are making accelerated progress."

The report suggests that the school hold an external governance review.

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