A SCHOOL in north Leeds is top of the class after being described as ‘outstanding’ in a recent Ofsted inspection.
Roundhay School received top marks in all categories, including achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.
The previous Ofsted report, in 2012, judged the school to as ‘good’, with ‘many outstanding features’.
The school opened a new £4.8m primary provision last year and is now an ‘all-through’ school, taking on children from the age of four to 18.
In the report, head teacher Neil Clephan was described as an “inspirational head teacher”, with very strong leadership and support from highly skilled teachers and teaching assistants.
He said: “As one of only four schools in Leeds, out of a total of 38, to achieve the top grade, you can imagine we are delighted.
“It’s a great and deserved tribute to staff, children and parents but also our dedicated governing body, whose contribution to the development of the school was also judged to be exemplary.
“We’re thrilled to now be in the category of the country’s best state schools.
“Everyone thoroughly deserves the praise for all of their hard work. It’s been a terrific boost for everyone.”
Roundhay’s sixth form, which is the city’s largest with around 400 pupils, and its primary school were also described as ‘outstanding’.
Mr Clephan, who has been head teacher since 1996, added: “It is particularly pleasing that our new primary provision was judged to be outstanding, alongside all aspects of our new all-through school, only six months after the official opening of the primary campus.
“It gives us a wonderful platform from which to develop the school as we look towards the future and embrace the school motto that staff and pupils of all ages have embraced – ‘Be the best you can be’.”
Inspectors also noted that boys and girls performed equally well and that high ability students were ‘out-performing’ similar students nationally.
Roundhay School first opened in 1903 and was originally a small girls’ school.