News Good News from Ofsted for St Oswald’s Primary School

Staff and students at St Oswald’s Primary Academy in Great Horton, Bradford finished this academic year on a high following a positive OFSTED visit which judged the Academy to be a good school in every category.

Amongst the many positives in the report, leadership at the academy was praised for “empowering teachers to take responsibility and be more accountable for pupil outcomes”. The “ambition and enthusiasm of the Head of School and other leaders” was described as “inspirational” resulting in “Each member of staff understands the part they play in improving the school”. The support from the sponsoring multi-academy Trust, Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust was described as “instrumental to the schools improvement” and central to “ensuring that leadership has developed and is now sustainable without the extensive support which was in place following the school being placed in special measures”.

Throughout the report, the inspectors described a culture of high expectations, positive pupil attitudes to learning combined with a strong sense of community. “Pupils say that the adults in school take great care of them and make them feel safe” and “are proud of their school and value their education – As one pupil said to the inspector “It improves our future”

Gillian Wilson, Head of School at St Oswalds said “We are absolutely delighted that all the hard work at St Oswalds from both our students and our staff has been recognised. My vision was to develop a school where pupils can learn and achieve whilst enjoying their education. We have worked relentlessly over the last few years to make sure St Oswalds is a happy place, where children, staff and parents share high expectations that every child can achieve their very best potential.”

Craig Lee, Executive Principal at St Oswalds and Primary Director for BDAT, said “St Oswalds has been on a remarkable journey in recent years and this outcome is a testimony to the hard work that the staff and particularly the school leaders, have put in to securing the schools outcomes, teaching and student experience. It has been a pleasure working with the staff, students, parents and governors at the school and together we have set the school firmly on a trajectory to reach outstanding”.

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