AN independent school has achieved a good Ofsted rating a year after opening.

The Pivot Academy, which was launched last year by educational and social care consultancy The Pivot Group, was awarded the rating following an inspection at its two sites that provide Alternative Provision and Day 6 services to schools in the region.

Split across two sites in Cleckheaton and Bradley, The academy provides a 50-place provision for 14-16 year olds. Its Cleckheaton site, which opened in September, caters for Key stage 4 pupils.

The academy, which currently has 36 pupils on its rolls, was rated good in every category.

The report said: “The school provides an oasis of calm for pupils who have previously experienced disruption to their schooling. This makes a significant difference to pupils’ personal development and welfare. There are notable improvements in pupils’ attendance and behaviour after they join the school.

“Most pupils make good progress in a range of subjects from when they join the school. Pupils’ achievement in art and photography is exceptional.”

The academy’s acting head, Andrew Kitterick, said: “We set out to be categorised as a good school in our first year, so achieving the grade in less than a year is testament to the hard work and determination of the team to get both sites up and running and providing high quality education.”