Ofsted impressed with rate of improvement at Bailiffe Bridge School

Bailiffe Bridge Junior and Infant School has been judged to be good with outstanding features in a recent Ofsted inspection.

The inspection took place on Thursday 28 February and Friday 1 March 2013, and resulted in the school improving on its March 2011 Ofsted rating of ‘satisfactory’.

The inspectors were impressed with the rate of progress at the school. The report stated:

“The headteacher and senior leaders have transformed the quality of provision within the school leading to effective teaching and significant improvements to the pupils’ achievement.

“The quality of teaching is good overall and some is outstanding. This enables pupils to make good progress.”

The behaviour of pupils in the school was judged as being ‘outstanding’, with pupils helping each other both in the classroom and in the playground. The report commented that:

“Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary at all times. They are eager to learn and work diligently during independent activities.”

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Cllr Ashley Evans, said:

“It’s fantastic news that Bailiffe Bridge Junior and Infant School has achieved such a positive Ofsted inspection.

“The hard work of the teachers, pupils and governors has really paid off, and the result reflects the continuous improvement taking place in schools across Calderdale.”

The headteacher of the school, Helen Proctor, added:

“I am delighted with the outcome of the inspection. Everyone in our Bailiffe Bridge team has worked incredibly hard for this result.

“The inspectors were very fair in their judgement of the school and we will welcome the opportunity to further develop to work towards an outstanding judgement in the future.”

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