Ofsted rating blow for Leeds school

Gledhow Primary School in north Leeds.
Gledhow Primary School in north Leeds.
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A primary school which expanded to become a three-class intake from September last year to meet demand for pupil places in Leeds has seen its Ofsted rating downgraded from ‘outstanding’ to ‘requires improvement’ after a recent inspection.

In 2009, Gledhow Primary School was given top marks by the education watchdog but that rating has now slipped to ‘requires improvement’ after an inspection last month.

Gledhow Primary School has slipped from 'outstanding' to 'requires improvement' after Ofsted inspection.
 Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

Gledhow Primary School has slipped from 'outstanding' to 'requires improvement' after Ofsted inspection. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

It comes after the school increased its reception class size from 60 to 90 to help meet demand in the north Leeds primary school places ‘black hole’. The school is due to expand from 420 pupils to 630 pupils over the next seven years. Building work to accommodate the extra classes was completed in December.

Areas for improvement in the report included the monitoring of pupils with special educational needs, pupil progress - particularly in key stage one, and “variable” teaching.

However the report acknowledged “the school is improving after a period of leadership and staffing changes” and praised its leadership and the links forged with other schools to improve outcomes.

Mark Trudgill, who took over has headteacher in September, said the latest report is a “fair assessment” adding: “Nonetheless, we know that leadership and governance are now having a strong impact in driving the school forward and supporting our children to meet their full potential.”

He said: “Our report paints a picture of a school with many good features which is quickly improving. It clearly identifies areas for improvement, which we are addressing robustly with the support of the local authority and our cluster partner schools.”

He also highlighted the school’s above national average results in reception, year one phonics and year six SATs.

He added: “We are very proud of our school and the hard work of all our children and staff; we will continue to do our best for them.”

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