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Report delight for Oldfield Primary School
1:16pm Friday 25th October 2013 in Keighley
The smallest school in the Bradford district is celebrating big success after a glowing Ofsted report noted recent improvements.
Oldfield Primary School has just 47 pupils, and has been judged ‘good’ following its recent Ofsted inspection.
Inspectors praised the way youngsters were encouraged from the very first minute.
“Children get off to a good start in the early years foundation stage,” they said.
“They settle quickly, and are well prepared for year one because adults provide stimulating activities that capture their imagination and interest. Children’s experiences and skills on entry to the reception class vary considerably from year to year, but are generally in line with those typically expected of this age group.”
The report also says that since November 2011, when the school was judged to be ‘satisfactory’, improvements in teaching are now ensuring pupils are making good progress “throughout the school” thanks to high quality leadership.
Results of the 2013 year one national reading check on pupils’ knowledge of phonics are well above average.
It adds: “Reading is well taught and pupils develop an enjoyment of reading. By the end of key stage two, pupils are making expected levels of progress in reading, writing and maths, with some children making better-than-expected in all areas.” Pupils are praised for their good behaviour, and the inspectors say the head teacher and governing body lead the school effectively.
Head, Fiona Lidstone-Green, said: “We’re the smallest primary school in Bradford district, and this fantastic result is due to the excellent team of staff at Oldfield and an amazing group of children.
“We are delighted with this glowing report as it reflects how we see the school.
“Parents, pupils, staff and governors have all worked hard to bring about the improvements that have led to Oldfield Primary being judged ‘good’.”
Councillor Ralph Berry, Bradford Council’s executive member for children’s services, said: “Oldfield Primary should be proud of this report, which clearly shows the progress that has been made in the school since the last inspection.”
Last Thursday an open day was held at the school.
And on Friday, celebrations of the Ofsted report featured an alien-themed day.
Pupils dressed up and each took home a rocket lolly.