A SECONDARY school that opened in 2015 has been judged good in every area in its first Ofsted inspection.

Bradford Forster Academy was praised by inspectors, who said it had “established a culture of high expectations” in its first years.

The school on Fenby Road, East Bowling, cost £12 million to build, and is run by the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust.

It was opened to help deal with growing numbers of secondary school aged pupils in the city, and has taken on a new Year 7 cohort each year.

It currently has around 550 students, in Years 7, 8 and 9, but when it is filled it will have 1,050 pupils.

Ofsted inspectors visited the school for the first time last month, and have recently released their findings.

They point out that the academy has much higher proportion of disadvantaged pupils than the national average.

The school was judged good for effectiveness of leadership, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare and outcomes for pupils.

The report says: “The headteacher and executive headteacher provide very effective leadership. Over the last two years, they have established a culture of high expectations.

“Strong relationships between pupils and staff help pupils to feel secure.

“Pupils are respectful of each other and are rightly proud of their school.

“Staff morale is high.

“Teaching is consistently strong in English, mathematics and modern foreign languages. As a result, pupils in all year groups, including the most able pupils, are making consistently good progress in these subjects.

“There is some strong teaching in all other subjects.

“Pupils with different backgrounds socialise well with each other.”

No pupils at the school have sat GCSE exams yet, but the inspectors recognised that children are making good progress.

However, the report does point out that attendance at the school is below average.

Wendy Adeniji, Head of School, said: “We are really pleased with the outcomes of our inspection – particularly as this is the first inspection that our school has had since opening in 2015.

“Our school has rapidly expanded over the last three years which means a lot of change and a lot of growing together to establish the school quickly. The fact the inspectors recognised the passion and commitment of the staff and the high expectations across school is particularly pleasing, and as always our students presented as brilliant ambassadors on both days.”

Philip Turner, Chair of the Local Governing Body and a previous Trustee of BDAT said “This is a fantastic result for the staff and students in the school who have worked so very hard, as well as the contribution governors have made to the success in making BFA the good school it has now been confirmed to be.”