A LEEDS school has welcomed an Ofsted report which say it is showing signs of improvement following a critical inspection a year earlier.
Bruntcliffe School had been rated as inadequate and found to have serious weaknesses in report published by the education watchdog following an inspection at the beginning of last year. Now the school in Morley
has improved out of that category and the latest Ofsted visit has resulted in praise for the efforts of the school to get better.
It said the focus of school leaders, including governors, on improving teaching, achievement and behaviour had started to show early signs of results. Ofsted found good and outstanding teaching in a range of subjects. History and religious education have been singled out of for praise by inspectors.
The report also notes the progress made by students with special educational needs and says the work of those eligible for support from the pupil premium - which is extra money given to the school for children on free school meals - is improving.
Bruntcliffe is now classed as requiring improvement. The report said attainment and progress in English would need to improve in order for the school to move up another Ofsted category and be rated as good.
The school’s head teacher Heather Scott has welcomed the report which is due to be published on the Ofsted website.
She said: “We are really pleased with the progress we’ve made as a school against all of the Ofsted action points set for us in January 2013.
“It is so rewarding to hear that the latest Ofsted inspection team could see that we had made steps to improve all of those areas. Since the previous inspection, leaders have made progress in all of the areas for improvement in the inspection report.
“Areas of weakness, such as in maths, have been tackled well.”