Outwood school gets good first Ofsted as academy

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Reading skills, sporting experiences and good links with parents are some of the strong points at Outwood Primary Academy Ledger Lane.

A recent Ofsted report judged the school as good and found that leaders and staff know the pupils well. The report was the first inspection since the school’s conversion to an academy in December 2012.

Lead inspector Andrew Swallow said: “The teaching of reading is a strength of the academy. Pupils read every day to develop their skills and confidence as readers. Teaching assistants support and guide pupils’ learning well. Parents are very positive.”

The report recognised that most parents believe their children enjoy school life and that bullying is rare.

It said: “In the playground and dining hall, pupils look after each other and behave maturely. They take seriously their roles as playground leaders, buddies and anti-bullying councillors.n They are polite and courteous with visitors, opening doors with a smile on their face, and showing real pride in their school.”

Attendance at the academy is rising, which Ofsted attributes to the ‘persistent involvement of individual families, by key adults, to encourage parents to send their children regularly to school.’

The report also praised principal Jane Clayton, saying: “The academy is led well by a determined and effective principal, who has high aspirations for all pupils. She is ably supported by senior leaders and all staff. Morale is high.”

Mrs Clayton said: “The outcome is a real celebration. We are really pleased and are intending to improve even further. The growth within the school since our conversion to an academy is massive.”