A BRADFORD secondary school has been judged ‘good’ for the first time since it opened in 2013.

One In A Million free school was recently visited by Ofsted inspectors, who judged the school to be good in all categories.

It is an improvement on the school’s first inspection in 2015, when it was judged to “require improvement.”

The Manningham school is run by One In A Million, a Bradford-based charity in partnership with Bradford City Football Club, with the aim of working with children and young people in areas of deprivation within Bradford.

It is based in the club’s former shop, and there are currently 343 students on its roll.

Inspectors praised the Principal, Philip Grant for making a “great difference to the quality of education” since he took on the role in January 2017.

The report says: “The principal has a clear and focused vision for the school. In a very short time, he and his leadership team have made a great difference to the quality of education that the school provides.

“The new principal has taken swift actions to eradicate any weak teaching and, as a result, most pupils’ attitudes to learning are now positive Since the last inspection, behaviour in the school has improved.

"The governors are ambitious and passionate about the continuous development of the school. They are very proud of the ethos and purpose of the school and the focus to improve the lives of young people from deprived areas of Bradford."

It points out that no pupils at the school have sat their GCSEs yet, but adds: “Current school assessment information indicates that over time, most pupils are making good progress in a range of subjects. Pupils enter the school with prior attainment that is typically below the national average. The school provides all pupils with challenging and aspirational targets.”

The report also mentions that a third of the staff were new to the school in September.

Mr Grant said: “We are thrilled that the inspectors agreed with our own self-evaluations and we were graded as ‘good’ across all four categories.

“The report gave positive affirmation to leadership and management, the progress students make and safeguarding as particular strengths.”

Bradford City legend Wayne Jacobs, who is Co-Founder of the charity, said: “One In A Million Charity started its first project in May 2006 and opened our Free School in September 2013, the journey so far has been an extremely rewarding one.

"We can see positive transformation in the lives of the children and young people that we have the privilege of working with throughout our school and local community programmes.

"Ofsted’s recognition of a GOOD judgment is a positive validation of everyone’s efforts. We now press on to our goal of becoming outstanding."