Gugsy’s school is labelled times

Parkinson Lane Primary School, Halifax get outstanding in all Ofsted categories.
Parkinson Lane Primary School, Halifax get outstanding in all Ofsted categories.
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THERE were tears of joy and screams of delight as a decade of hard work was recognised by Ofsted inspectors.

Parkison Lane Community Primary School in Halifax has received “outstanding” in seven categories in its latest Ofsted report, putting it in the top six per cent of primary schools in the country.

The report is drowning in praise for everyone from the governors, staff, pupils and head teacher Gugsy Ahmed.

In the first section alone there are 79 superlatives.

The inspector said: “A vibrant, friendly and welcoming learning environment, dedicated staff and the plethora of enrichment opportunities available to its pupils epitomise the school’s aim and motto ‘To stand out from the outstanding.”

Mr Ahmed is “dynamic and innovative”.

“As people read the report they’re going to feel a sense of achievement,” said Mr Ahmed.

It says many of the pupils start school with little or no knowledge of English but make rapid progress.

Of 221 questionnaires returned, 83 per cent of parents strongly agree their child enjoys school and another 15 per cent agree with the question.

Since Mr Ahmed took over 10 years ago, the school’s attainment levels have improved three times over.

But it hasn’t always been an easy ride.

“I wanted it to be a school run for the children and not for the staff,” said Gugsy.

“If it didn’t have an impact on a child’s well-being or attainment it got thrown out,” he said.

“We have a great educational community and the school has been put at the heart of the community, thanks to the parents, staff and pupils.

“Ofsted commented on how it’s one of the best schools they have ever been into but we set the bar high and expectations are very high,” said Mr Ahmed.

Their incredible achievement was announced to the community at Friday prayers at the local mosques and each child was sent home with a box of chocolates to say well done.

Within hours there had already been 15 calls to ask if the school had places available.

But those hopefuls will have to join another 264 parents who have their child’s name on the waiting list for this educational gem.