What a year of transformation

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A school which was put into special measures a year ago has been praised for achieving a dramatic turnaround in standards.

Brotherton and Byram Community School was judged as ‘inadequate’ by education watchdog Ofsted after an inspection which revealed unplanned lessons, bad behaviour, low attendance and falling attainment.

But the school, on Low Street, Brotherton, has now received a glowing report from Ofsted which rates it as ‘good’ on all standards.

The report said: “Pivotal to the school’s journey out of special measures and back on track, is the highly effective work of the headteacher Gail Brown.

“She has high expectations and determination to provide all pupils with the very best educational experiences.

“Staff at all levels, along with the governing body, share the headteacher’s ambitions for the school.”

Inspectors said children got off to a good start in the Early Foundation Stage and made good progress.

The report said teaching was now mainly good throughout the school, adding: “Senior leaders have done a great deal to improve the quality of teaching and place pupils’ learning at the heart of provision.

“As a consequence, the vast majority of teaching is now good.”

Pupils were also praised for their ‘positive attitudes’ and ‘good behaviour’ which had improved dramatically because of increased expectations by staff and significant improvements in how they manage behaviour.

Mrs Brown, who joined the school last September, said: “We are already on the journey to becoming outstanding.

“We value everybody’s contribution to this journey, children, parents, local authority, teachers and all our support staff, and we are backed by a governing body that is passionate about the school.”