Ofsted praise for Leeds academy’s rapid progress

Pupils at Crawshaw Academy in Pudsey.
Pupils at Crawshaw Academy in Pudsey.
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A SCHOOL is celebrating going from special measures to being rated as good in the space of just 18 months.

Crawshaw Academy, in Pudsey, was rated as inadequate last year by the education watchdog.



However it is now judged to be good after its most recent inspection.

The report rates the school’s leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development and outcomes of pupils as good. The only main inspection area not found to be good was 16 to 19 study programmes which are said to require improvement.

The report praised the principal Adam Daly, who it says has been instrumental in “accelerating the pace of improvement in the academy since June 2014.” It adds that he has created a culture in which he and other leaders “are sharply focused on securing the best for pupils”. The good behaviour and positive attitude of the school’s pupils was also praised.

Mr Daly, principal of Crawshaw Academy said: “This is a terrific outcome and recognises how the students and staff have risen to the challenge and put this school back where it should be. I would like to thank them all for their efforts and determination in helping us achieve this turnaround so quickly. I would also like to thank our parents for their continued support, as well our partners at the Interserve Academies Trust and the Red Kite Alliance whose backing has been invaluable.” Interserve Academies Trust (IAT), became the sponsor of the school last September, and formed a partnership with the Red Kite Alliance, a group of schools who share resources across Yorkshire. Ofsted said the support from IAT and the Red Kite Alliance had enabled the school to tackle the weaknesses found at the last inspection, which led to the school being rated as inadequate and placed in special measures. Ofsted gives one of four judgements: outstanding; good; requires improvement or inadequate.

The Red Kite Teaching School Alliance is a partnership of Yorkshire schools and institutions, across all phases, primary, secondary and special, from inner city locations to rural contexts, that have come together to share our skills, experience, talent and capacity to help improve the learning and achievement of young people across Yorkshire and the Humber