Date: 3rd January 2016

Belle Vue Girls’ Academy and St Philip’s Church of England Academy start 2017 with positive news following recent school inspections. Both schools within Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust (BDAT) have cause for celebration as they either maintain or improve on their previous inspection status and are recognised as good schools in the City.

Belle Vue Girls celebrates a reconfirmed OFSTED good judgement following a one-day inspection in November 2016. Inspectors complimented the leadership team’s lack of complacency stating “The school has not stood still…. Since the previous inspection your work to develop the effectiveness of teaching has led to the overall improvement in the progress of children across a range of subjects”. OFSTED also recognised previous areas for development such as the sixth form college, which had improved since the last inspection and credited school leaders, governors and the collaboration with the Academy Trust for their effective steer of the school

Mary Copeland, Headteacher at Belle Vue Girls’ Academy commented, “We are delighted OFSTED have recognised the continued good work and drive for improvements at school. The last few years in secondary education have seen significant changes across curriculum, teaching and assessment expectations. Our new OFSTED judgement confirms that school has understood, recognised and overcome these challenges to ensure we continue to be a great school providing good quality education for the women of tomorrow”.

Meanwhile in the Girlington district of Bradford, St Philip’s Church of England Primary Academy also ended the autumn term with a good judgement in their December SIAMs inspection. The school moved up a grade from satisfactory in 2013 to achieve a good judgement in all areas in 2016. The school report promised “through its distinctive character, the school is enabling children to make good progress both personally and academically”. It credited the strong links between school leaders, parents and the local community commenting “In this school there is a real sense that everyone is working together”.

Michelle Hargreaves, Head Teacher at St Philip’s commented “A lot of hard work and commitment from our staff, our parents, pupils and governors has been realised in this judgement. Since becoming an academy in 2014 we have worked relentlessly to establish St Philip’s as a hub for our community and we are delighted that both the distinctiveness and effectiveness of our school has been recognised as providing a good learning environment for all our children”.

Carol Dewhurst, Chief Executive at Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust commented, “We are really pleased that both these recent inspections, and our Autumn judgement at Christ Church Academy, demonstrate that the schools within BDAT are providing good quality education for children across Bradford. However we are also particularly pleased that each report also recognises that the wider wellbeing and personal development of our pupils is central to how we teach, support and care for every student”.

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