Airedale Academy on way to top Ofsted rating

editorial image

High-level expectations, effective teaching and decisive action against inherent weaknesses landed a school a ‘good’ Ofsted report.

The education watchdog praised Airedale Academy after a recent visit to the school, giving it a positive rating across all five key areas which includes leadership and pupils’ outcomes.

Headteacher, Liz Fairhurst, who was singled out for her contribution since taking the role in September 2016, said: “We are delighted with the outcome of our recent inspection.

“Staff, students and governors have worked incredibly hard to achieve a judgement of ‘good’ for all elements of the inspection framework.

“The team of inspectors found the school to have ‘an atmosphere of high expectations and care which permeates through all areas of the school’.

“This was especially pleasing as the raising of expectations and standards has been a key focus of ours over the last 12 months.

“The full report is very positive and reflects the effort that the whole school community has put in to ensure Airedale Academy remains on its journey to outstanding.”

Four inspectors visited the school and observed 35 lessons, spoke with pupils, teachers, and staff, and scrutinised behaviour, attendance and safeguarding records.

Among the positives points, the the Crew Road school was told its disadvantaged pupils were making progress, there is mutual respect between teachers and pupils leading to good behaviour and post-16 students do well with plenty of work-experience opportunities.

To reach ‘outstanding’, Ofsted says the school needs to embed a system for tracking pupils’ progress and improve attendance records which remain below average, despite improving.