News Five Good Reasons to Celebrate at St Philips Academy

Pupils and staff at St Philip’s Church of England Academy start the new academic year with cause for celebration after the school has been confirmed to be a “GOOD” school by OFSTED following a two day inspection in July 2017.

Coupled with much improved provisional 2017 SATS results, the Girlington-based primary Academy, which is part of Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust, was judged to be “good” in all five OFSTED categories including leadership, the quality of teaching, early years, behaviour and outcomes.

Central to the report teaching, learning and assessment was judged to have improved over the three years since the last inspection to now being consistently good. As a result outcomes for pupils across the school and in a range of subjects have improved. “The Good teaching now in place enables pupils to achieve well”. (OFSTED, July 2017). Early years provision, which is judged separately under the OFSTED framework, was also deemed good as a result of effective and careful leadership and good teaching which ensures pupils make good progress in their reception year.

Leadership was noted as a specific strength, with school leaders, governors and the Academy Trust praised for their determination to drive standards. The head teacher, Michelle Hargreaves, was particularly highlighted as leading “the school with strength, vision and humanity” and as “dedicated to ensuring all pupils make the progress that they should whatever their circumstances and starting points”.

Beyond teaching, the report particularly praised the ethos of the school commenting that “a culture of high expectations, teamwork and kindness suffuses the school”. It praised the strong culture of safeguarding and the high value placed on care and respect throughout the Academy.

Pupils were also praised during the course of the inspection as the personal development, behaviour and welfare of children was judged to be good with pupils observed enjoying their learning whilst feeling safe and taking care of each other. The inspector commented “Pupils display strong and positive attitudes to learning. Relationships among adults and pupils are respectful open and kind”. (OFSTED, July 2017).

Carol Dewhurst, CEO of Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust commented, “Since joining the Trust in 2014, St Philips has been on a transformational journey focussed on driving up standards and making the school a place where children want to learn. We are really pleased that the hard-work and determination of the leaders, the teachers and the pupils at St Philips has been recognised in this inspection. The Academy is in a great place to start the new school year”.

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