School’s big step up

Knottingley C of E School Ofsted report improvement. Head julie Sandham with Libbie Hall, Maia Middleton, Aidan Kelly and John Jowett-Lawton. (P514B247)
Knottingley C of E School Ofsted report improvement. Head julie Sandham with Libbie Hall, Maia Middleton, Aidan Kelly and John Jowett-Lawton. (P514B247)
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DELIGHTED pupils and staff are celebrating after Knottingley Church of England J&I School was praised for “great improvement” by Ofsted inspectors.

Headteacher Julie Sandham said good teaching, leadership and governance had lifted the school out of the education watchdog’s ‘satisfactory’ category and into the ‘good’ bracket following an inspection last month.

Mrs Sandham said: “Our brilliant Ofsted report is down to good teaching with high expectations for learning. Pupils have made good progress in lessons and over time.

“Our success is also down to good leadership and governance which has led to great improvement in quality of teaching and in pupils’ achievement.

“We are hoping that by the next report, in the next three to five years, we will have made it to ‘outstanding’.”

Inspectors deemed the school as ‘good’ in all four categories – achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management – after observing lessons, hearing pupils read and meeting staff, governors, and representatives from the local authority.

The 400 pupils will also be celebrating the Primrose Vale school’s transformation into Knottingley St Botolph’s CE Academy at the beginning of next month.

Mrs Sandham added: “We are delighted about becoming an academy, we think it’s a really great way forward for children and families in the community.

“We will be working closely with other academies in the area to together improve Knottingley and Ferrybridge as a community.

“We now have freedom of choice in the services we buy and provide for the school, this includes our grounds maintenance, IT contracts and catering options.

“We can make sure all of these are provided at the best value to actually improve the standards of the school.”

The school is inviting past staff members and pupils to celebrate the Ofsted report and its transformation into an academy at an open day on Monday December 3. Visit www.knottin
gleyce.ik.org for more information.