North Leeds school praised by inspectors

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A primary which was placed in special measures by Ofsted has been rated as a good Catholic school in a diocesan inspection.

Holy Name Catholic Primary, in Cookridge, has also been found to be making reasonable progress towards coming out of special measures following a separate visit by Ofsted.

In the school’s latest inspection by the Diocese of Leeds it is rated as being good overall in providing Catholic education. Pupils’ outcomes and the school’s leaders and managers were also rated as being good.

The report said: “Holy Name Primary is a good school in which the firm beliefs and the deep rooted traditions of the Catholic faith are lived out in the daily life of the school and the wider parish community.”

It also praises the work of the executive head teacher Peter Hughes who joined the school in January. It said he has “already made inroads into further strengthening the overall effectiveness” of the school. Holy Name is also celebrating achieving its best SATs results for the past four years.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for children and families, said: “We are delighted that the staff and children at Holy Name have responded in such a positive manner, and we will continue to support them on their journey of improvement.”

Mr Hughes said: “I am immensely proud of how the children and staff have adapted and reacted to the changes that we put in place following the last Ofsted inspection. We have worked through lots of staffing changes, put many new systems in place and have a shared commitment and drive to move the school forward. The outcome of our dioecesan inspection is really encouraging and indicates that these changes are having a positive impact on teaching and learning throughout school.

“Members of the interim executive board (IEB) are also delighted with the rapid progress that has been made, but we are not complacent.”