School becomes academy

Aaron-James Bottomley England Lane J & I School has win the logo design competition as the school is to become an academy.
Aaron-James Bottomley England Lane J & I School has win the logo design competition as the school is to become an academy.
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A primary school in Knottingley will become an academy next month in a bid to improve its offering to pupils.

England Lane Junior and Infant School was placed into special measures by education watchdog Ofsted last December.

Inspectors found the school “failed to inspire and capture pupils’ interest” but headteacher Samantha Thompson said becoming an academy would improve the standards of the school.

She said: “Becoming an academy will be a brand new start for the school.

“It will mean we can offer an even better education to the children.”

The school will become an academy and join Knottingley’s School Partnership Trust Academies on December 1.

De Lacy Academy, Simpsons Lane Academy, The Vale Primary Academy and Willow Green Academy are already part of the organisation.

It will mean youngsters in the town are taught at academy schools from the age of three until they leave school.

Mrs Thompson said: “It will mean a smooth transition through the children’s school life.

“The parents are all happy about it because they all knew about our Ofsted inspection.”

The school held a logo competition among the pupils to celebrate becoming an academy.

Aaron-James Bottomlee drew the winning design and his logo will feature on a new uniform.

The school also had more than 95 per cent attendance among its pupils last half-term.

Mrs Thompson said: “Having such a high attendance is a great achievement for us.”