Ofsted hat-trick for Swain House Primary

Thousands of Bradford pupils have had access to a good education at Swain House Primary School as inspectors have deemed it to be good in all areas for the third consecutive time.

The Bradford Council school has been consistently judged as good since 2009.

In a very complimentary short report, the first inspection since 2011, the inspectors commented that “the leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection” and senior leaders are “dynamic and driven by a strong desire to improve the outcomes for pupils”.

Staff “use monitoring and evaluation effectively to gather evidence of the strengths and weaknesses in the school”.

There has been a focus on improving pupils’ progress in mathematics with a team of teachers now leading on this subject. Much work has been done to improve attendance and punctuality.

“The governors hold senior leaders to account rigorously for the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and pupils’ progress in their area of the school. Senior leaders are similarly rigorous in holding teachers to account for the progress of their pupils. Consequently, leadership has strengthened.”

Headteacher, Dianne Rowbotham, said: “Pupils, staff and Governors are delighted with Ofsted’s latest findings as they clearly see the school as we do.

“We are also very pleased to have received a letter of congratulations from Coun Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills, and his deputy, Coun Richard Dunbar.

“Everyone has worked extremely hard to maintain this constant level of good teaching and learning and this outcome is very welcome.”

Coun Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills, said: “This is very welcome news for the school and the district. I have already sent my congratulations but would like to reiterate my thanks to everyone who has contributed to this positive outcome.”

The school’s Chair of Governors, Neil Traynor, said: “This latest report is very pleasing and is testimony to the work of pupils, staff, parents, Governors and the wider community.”

Other comments in the report include:

  • Pupils now enjoy regular opportunities for problem solving and were seen during the inspection working enthusiastically in groups to unpick difficult problems and explain the method to each other
  • Children behave well and engage in the activities which develop their reading, writing and mathematics. Consequently, the proportion of children reaching a good level of development (GLD) at the end of the early years has increased over a three-year period and was in line with the national average in 2016

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