A PRIMARY school that was judged inadequate just three and a half years ago has completed a major turnaround, and is now “good” in all areas.

Greengates Primary School received its latest Ofsted inspection report late last year, which told staff, pupils and parents that the school was good in every category.

In July 2014 the school was judged “inadequate” in a highly critical report. Inspectors had flagged up the achievement of pupils and quality of teaching as a cause for concern, and said pupil progress had “declined markedly.”

The results had led to Bradford Council placing the school in a category of concern.

After the report head Andrew Gaunt vowed to bring about “rapid improvement.”

And judging by the school’s latest report, he seems to have achieved that.

The Ofsted report says: “The headteacher, senior leaders and governors are ambitious for all pupils. Together, they provide effective leadership for the school.

“The school has improved since the last inspection and pupils now receive a good education at Greengates.

“There have been considerable changes in staffing since the previous inspection, which have been challenging for leaders. Nevertheless, the focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning has been a priority.

“Pupils are well looked after in the school, and benefit spiritually, morally, socially and culturally from the wide array of visits and experiences. Pupils attend regularly and behave well. They show positive attitudes towards their learning.

“Parents acknowledge that the school is improving, and that their children make good progress.”

The school, on Stockhill Road, has around 250 pupils on its rolls.

Mr Gaunt told the Telegraph & Argus: “We were inadequate just three and a half years ago, so it is a very quick turnaround.

“We’re very pleased with this latest report and with the outcomes. We think it is a very accurate reflection of where the school is and the work that has been done over the last three years.

“A lot of thanks has to go to the team at the school and the governors.

“We felt we had put the right systems in place, and we had self-evaluated as good, so it seems Ofsted agrees with that evaluation.

“I have a card here in front of me from a parent saying ‘I always thought you were good, and I’m so happy for all of you.’ The parents have been very supportive.

“After the inadequate inspection I was quoted as saying we’d turn the school around, and we have turned it around. We have been supported by all the parents, governors, staff and pupils.”

Judith Kirk, Bradford Council’s Deputy Director for Education, Employment and Skills said: “The headteacher, senior leaders and governors are praised by inspectors as being ambitious for their school and providing effective leadership. The report is also very positive about the school’s pupils who attend regularly, behave well and have a positive attitude towards learning.

“My congratulations go to everyone at the school for this excellent report.”