Good progress, but more still needed

Ofsted at Riverside Junior School, Hebden Bridge. Oliver Simpson and Ruben Chalmers both aged ten.
Ofsted at Riverside Junior School, Hebden Bridge. Oliver Simpson and Ruben Chalmers both aged ten.

Ofsted has praised a school for the progress it is making, but added that more needs to be done before it can be removed from special measures.

Inspectors identified several emerging strengths and improvements being made at Riverside Junior School, Hebden Bridge, but also highlighted areas which still need attention.

In her report, Her Majesty’s Inspector Marguerite Murphy said: “Since the last monitoring visit, inspection leaders and the governing body have worked hard to increase the rate of progress.

“Their checks on its work are increasingly rigorous and accurate so that particular strengths are identified to demonstrate good practice, and weaknesses are tackled more quickly.”

Headteacher Val Eggleton thanked staff, children and governors for their hard work.

“This is really good news for the whole school community, both now and in the future,” she said.

“Riverside has many strengths and this report confirms that we are addressing areas for improvement and, as a team, are driving the school forward rapidly.”