School making good progress

Ofsted at St Andrew's Infant School, Brighouse. Head teacher Naomi Wood.
Ofsted at St Andrew's Infant School, Brighouse. Head teacher Naomi Wood.

POSITIVE feedback from parents has helped a Brighouse school rate well with Ofsted inspectors.

St Andrew’s Infant School has been rated “good” by inspectors during their visit to the school in Lightcliffe Road last month.

Ofsted at St Andrew's Infant School, Brighouse. Playing are Naomi Parkinson aged four, Bailey Tudor aged five and Gurbani Khan aged four.

Ofsted at St Andrew's Infant School, Brighouse. Playing are Naomi Parkinson aged four, Bailey Tudor aged five and Gurbani Khan aged four.

Key findings included pupils making good progress overall and achieving well.

“All groups of pupils make good progress from often low starting points and reach broadly average attainment in reading, writing and mathematics,” said inspector Elaine Murray in her report.

“Children make good progress in the early years foundation stage, with the exception of creative development, where progress is slower,” she said.

“The quality of teaching is good overall. Where teaching is not as effective there is an over emphasis on teacher direction of activities, which limits pupils’ motivation and their ability to use their initiative to develop and extend their learning.

“Teachers assess pupils’ progress in learning effectively and use this information to plan activities to meet the needs of different ages and abilities.”

Behaviour is good and leadership and management have been praised. “The headteacher and senior leadership team provide strong leadership and there is a shared commitment to further improvement,” says the report.

“The school has also established an effective partnership with parents and carers, which has a positive impact on pupils’ good level of achievement.”

Head teacher Naomi Wood said she was pleased that the inspectors recognised that St Andrew’s had continued to be rated as good. “The staff, parents and governors have shown a continued strong commitment to the school and work hard together to ensure each child’s individual needs are met,” she said.

“I am so pleased that the report acknowledges the behaviour of the children, this is one of the many strengths of the school as children are always kind and considerate to each other. The report will help us to continue our drive to make the school even better, to make St Andrew’s an outstanding school.”

The school is also celebrating after being awarded “outstanding in a report carried out by the National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools