OFSTED inspectors believe “effective action” is being taken at a school which recently appeared on a list of worst-performing schools.

A monitoring inspection took place in March at Holy Family Catholic School in Keighley and the results have now been published.

It outlines how leaders are taking “effective action towards the removal of the serious weaknesses designation”, adding that an improvement plan is fit for purpose.

The school said it was “very pleased” at the acknowledgement from Ofsted, adding that it recognised there was still a lot of work to do.

Holy Family was one of three local secondaries on a list of 63 nationally that were rated as inadequate as of this month.

The other two schools in Bradford are Bradford Girls’ Grammar School and Hanson School.

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In a joint statement from Holy Family Catholic School, Janet Farrell, the chair of governors and headteacher Sharon Mather said: “We are very pleased that the most recent Ofsted report has acknowledged the substantial work that has been done since the last visit in July 2021 and the resulting improvements.

“The progress made so far is a result of the whole staff team working together and at pace to grapple with the issues raised at the last inspection and the student body who have bought into the changes we have made and worked hard to support us with them.

“We are happy that the latest report confirms students feel safe in the school and they know how and to whom to report concerns should they arise. What is most pleasing for us is the acknowledgement that we as a school ‘have high ambitions for all pupils’ and that ‘pupils… feel that staff at The Holy Family Catholic School care’.

“We acknowledge that this external endorsement of our progress to date is the first step on our journey to sustained improvement and that there is still a lot of work to do.

“As a school community we will continue to work with a relentless focus on ensuring that The Holy Family Catholic School provides a high standard of education and care, deserving of our students and the wider community we serve.”

Bradford Girls’ Grammar School and Hanson School dropped into special measures in March 2019 and March 2020 respectively.

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Both have since been subject to monitoring visits which determined that both schools were taking effective action toward the removal of the serious weaknesses designations.

READ MORE: Ofsted: Bradford Girls' Grammar School committed to improve

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