A BRADFORD school has been left "very disappointed" after being told it 'requires improvement' in a recent Ofsted report.

Inspectors from the education watchdog visited East Bierley CE (VC) Primary School, on South View Road, on July 11 and 12.

The school, which caters for 201 pupils and is part of the Diocese of Leeds, received the second-worst rating in all five categories - the quality of education; behaviour and attitudes; personal development; leadership and management, and early years provision.

Lysa Hammond, headteacher at the school, said: "We were very disappointed with the outcome of our Ofsted inspection but have been heartened by the many positive comments from parents, our wider school community and visitors to the school.

"With their support, we will continue to work hard to meet the needs of all our children."

Behaviour and curriculum issues were highlighted in the report, published on September 27.

On the former, inspectors said: "Leaders have identified systems to promote good behaviour in the school. 

"However, not all pupils meet leaders’ expectations for behaviour.

"In some lessons, pupils are not engaged in their learning and disrupt others."

Pupils were said to feel "safe" and bullying was described as "rare".

The report added: "Pupils say they would tell a teacher if they had concerns or worries. They know adults will act swiftly to help them."

It said pupils find learning "interesting" but more can be done to ensure teachers deliver the curriculum "effectively".

The report said the curriculum is "not planned sufficiently to develop pupils’ talents and interests across a range of areas".

Lessons were described as "fun", but many were "disjointed" due to the curriculum "not clearly identifying the key learning leaders want pupils to know and remember".

Inspectors found problems when phonics lessons were being taught.

They said: "Leaders are not monitoring what is taught in phonics lessons.

"Consequently, they are not aware that some lessons do not support pupils’ development as much as they could.

"This is because some adults do not clearly pronounce the sounds that letters make."

Many children were not as ready for Year 1 as they could be because "adults do not ensure activities support children to build on learning over time".

The report added: "Governors are not ensuring that the information they receive is accurate and gives them the information they need to fulfil their responsibilities.

"This means that they are not sufficiently informed to challenge and support the school leaders."