Leeds school on road to improvement

Date:23rd March 2010.
Swallow Hill Community College, Armley.

Date:23rd March 2010. Swallow Hill Community College, Armley.

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A Leeds school that was rated “Inadequate” by education inspectors is on the road to improvement.

Ofsted says Swallow Hill Community College, in Wortley, is taking action to address its weaknesses in a new report.

The report is the third monitoring inspection by Ofsted since the school was rated “Inadequate” in March 2015, when concerns were raised about the consistency of teaching and some pupils’s literacy and numeracy skills.

But inspectors now say that improvements have been made to teaching, pupils’s literacy skills development and attendance rates.

The latest report, published this week, said: “Leaders and managers are taking effective actions towards the removal of the serious weaknesses designation.”

They also praised leadership at the Whingate Road school.

The report said: ”Governors are hungry for improvement and are adopting a ‘no excuses’ culture for underperformance.

“They are benefiting from senior leaders’ regular and detailed updates on the progress being made by pupils.

But Ofsted said the school still needs to improve in some areas.

A spokesman for Academies Enterprise Trust, which runs the school, said: “We are delighted that the latest monitoring inspection report is a very positive one and accurately confirms rapid recent improvements at Swallow Hill.

“This reflects the hard work, dedication and commitment of staff, governors and students to achieve this successful outcome.

Inspectors visited the school on July 13.

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