Leeds school is improving following concerns

A Leeds school which was placed in special measures last year following concerns about its results and pupil behaviour is said to be making progress.
David Young Academy in Seacroft.David Young Academy in Seacroft.
David Young Academy in Seacroft.

However Ofsted inspectors warned that leaders at David Young Community Academy face “an enormous task” in improving the school.

They call for clearer targets for reducing bullying incidents and fixed term exclusions.

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The new monitoring inspection report says the school is taking effective action towards the removal of special measures. And it says the principal Jeremy Richardson has been tenacious in tackling underperformance.

Ofsted inspectors found that the school has been well supported by the Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance

The academy was rated inadequate last year.

In that report Ofsted said that the relationship between the LEAF academy trust responsible for it and the school’s governing body had broken down.

It followed a critical independent inspection which was commissioned by the school’s new principal Jeremy Richardson after its GCSE results were far worse than expected.

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Responding to the new Ofsted report Mr Richardson said: “We are very pleased that the inspectors report that we have made a good start to becoming a good school. Staff and students have worked hard to improve the academy with the support of parents, the local authority and the Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance.

“We are particularly pleased that they have reported that behaviour is getting better, and that the standards in English and maths have improved.” Ofsted also says the relationship between the LEAF Trust and the school has improved.

New chairman of the LEAF Trust, Bishop Paul Slater, said: “I am very pleased that the inspectors found that significant strides have been taken towards re-establishing the David Young Community Academy as a good school.”

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