Ofsted orders improvements at ‘Inadequate’ Leeds school

20th October 2011.  Blackgates Primary School, Tingley.
20th October 2011. Blackgates Primary School, Tingley.
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Governors at a Leeds school have been criticised by the education watchdog for not holding leaders to account.

Ofsted has rated Blackgates Primary School, in Tingley, as “Inadequate” in all areas of a damning new report.

The report, published yesterday, raised concerns about the quality of teaching at the school and that governors had “let things slip”.

“Over time, governors have failed to hold the headteacher to account,” the report said.

“As a result, the quality of teaching and the progress pupils make have declined.

“There are early signs that governors are now providing more challenge to school leaders but this is only recent and yet to have an impact. Governors are conscious that they have not been as effective as they should have been in the past, and have let things slip.”

Inspectors said leaders are now committed to improving the school, and praised newly-appointed joint headteachers, Sarah Bunnage and Julie Coulson, for taking action.

In a statement, the school’s joint headteachers said: “Whilst it is a tough message to hear that Ofsted inspectors have judged our school to be inadequate, we have a very good idea of our school’s own strengths and weaknesses, and had already started to take urgent action to improve.

“We started to make the necessary changes when we took up our joint post, which was noted by the inspectors, and we are continuing to work very hard to ensure we are rising to the challenge.

“We are very proud of our children and are determined to do the very best for them and help them achieve their full potential.”