Ofsted praise desire to raise standards . . .

Ofsted at Withinfields Primary School, Southowram. Declan Deery 10 and William Featherstone 11 at computer studies.
Ofsted at Withinfields Primary School, Southowram. Declan Deery 10 and William Featherstone 11 at computer studies.

A Southowram school has been praised for having a strong commitment and desire to continually raise standards according to their latest Ofsted report.

Withinfields Primary School was rated Good during their inspection in June and inspectors found the quality of teaching being typically good with some that is outstanding.

Ofsted at Withinfields Primary School, Southowram. Jamie-Lee Preston 11, Maha Niazi 11 and Madiyah Ismail 11 reading in the library.

Ofsted at Withinfields Primary School, Southowram. Jamie-Lee Preston 11, Maha Niazi 11 and Madiyah Ismail 11 reading in the library.

Ofsted inspectors said many children start the school with skills and knowledge below those generally expected for their age. However, from their low starting points they make good progress in their learning.

“The funding for pupils eligible for the pupils premium has been used to provide additional individual and small groups support as well as a pastoral worker.

“This has proved successful, with these pupils making good progress overall, with the gap between the attainment of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and other pupils, having narrowed rapidly,” said lead inspector Faheem Chishti.

“Pupils say that teachers ‘know what levels’ they are at and that work is usually matched to their ability. They enjoy the thematic approach to the curriculum, which they find fun and enjoyable, and are often so engrossed in their learning that they are unaware that they are participating in literacy or numeracy.”

The report said checks on the quality of teaching and learning by the head teacher and senior leaders have become more robust since the last inspection and they provide rigorous feedback to teachers about how their practice can be improved.

Head teacher Duncan Hetherington said the whole school was very pleased with the report and maintain the level under the framework of grading by Ofsted.

“Since the last inspection we have continued to improve over the last three years and that is down to the commitment of the teachers, staff and pupils,” he said.

“The inspection picked up some lovely points such as all the children make good progress.

“There were some points that the school can look to improve and I am sure they will be working towards them.”

It was the final inspection for Mr Hetherington as he is will be taking up a new post at Lord Street Primary School in Colne, Lancashire.

“I have had a fabulous time here. It is like an end of an era as when I started here my son was six weeks old and he is now leaving primary school to start high school.

“The biggest compliment I could pay to the school is that if I lived closer to the school I would have brought my son here.

“It is a lovely school with supportive staff, parents and governors and I know the new head teacher Helen York (formerly of Christ Church Primary School, Pellon) is coming into a really well run school.”