Special measures to ‘outstanding’

Ofsted at Field Lane Primary School. Head of School Vanessa Dear with Joshua Winstanley aged 11.

Ofsted at Field Lane Primary School. Head of School Vanessa Dear with Joshua Winstanley aged 11.

A dynamic leadership team united in the drive towards excellence has transformed the fortunes of a primary school in Rastrick.

Since the arrival of head teacher Vanessa Dear and executive head teacher Lynda Johnson, Field Lane Primary School has gone from being in special measures in 2012 to being rated outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in its latest inspection report.

In the report, lead inspector Lesley Clark said: “Outstanding leadership and management at all levels have ensured high achievement across the school.

“Much has been accomplished in a short time.

“The executive head teacher and head of school have created a school which pupils want to come to, staff are proud of and where parents feel supported.

“Governors carry out their responsibilities scrupulously. They make wise decisions that benefit the school.”

Inspectors identified numerous strengths at the school, including the innovative curriculum and pupils’ highly developed enterprise skills.

The report said: “Behaviour is outstanding in all lessons and around the school.

“This is why pupils are making rapid progress - they display a thirst for learning.

“Pupils are warm and friendly towards each other. They agree that school is fun.”

Reflecting on the report, executive headteacher Lynda Johnson said: “This is fabulous recognition for Field Lane Primary School.

“The staff have worked extremely hard to achieve this outcome and I’m happy for everyone involved with the school.

“It truly is a team effort.”

Head teacher Vanessa Dear is delighted with what the school has achieved over recent times.

“The report recognises the dedication, hard work and support of the staff, pupils and families at our school,” she said.

David Whalley, Calderdale Council’s head of learning services, said: “It’s brilliant news that Field Lane Primary School has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

“It’s a huge achievement, and very well deserved.

“The school has made great progress – and that’s thanks to the hard work that staff, students and parents continue to put it.”




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