North Leeds: Primary schools are at top of Ofsted class

Moor Allerton Hall Primary headteacher Lesley McKay.

Moor Allerton Hall Primary headteacher Lesley McKay.

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Two Leeds primary schools have chalked up good marks following their latest Ofsted reports.

Moor Allerton Hall Primary and Kerr Mackie Primary School have both been reclassified, from ‘satisfactory’ to ‘good’, in light of the education watchdog’s tougher requirements.

The new Ofsted framework, introduced earlier this year, places additional needs on schools, making it harder to be judged as ‘good’.

Moor Allerton Primary’s report said that: “Under the inspired leadership of the current headteacher, senior leaders, governors and staff have worked hard to make far-reaching changes which have rapidly and securely improved achievement.”

It adds that pupils play their part in the success of the school through their good behaviour, a readiness to learn and attendance levels that continue to rise.

Pat Heron, chairman of governors, said: “This really is a brilliant result for the school.

“It is a mark of the dynamic leadership of the new team that so much has been achieved so quickly.”

Head teacher, Lesley McKay, said: “Our school philosophy is that every child should be supported to develop his or her potential to the limit. I am delighted that the hard work of the staff, children and parents to improve our school has been recognised.”

She added that the school will be working hard to build on its recent achievements.

Gillian Hayward, chairman of governors of Kerr Mackie Primary School, welcomed the school’s latest Ofsted report.

She said: “The strong leadership of the headteacher, supported well by the staff, governors and senior leaders, has been key to the significant improvements made since the previous inspection.

“Pupils behave well and say they feel safe. They work well with each other. The school’s motto ‘together everyone achieves more’ is clearly evident in practice.

She said that the whole school community should be proud of the achievement.

Head teacher, Angela Ronicle, said: “We are all delighted.”

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