Inspectors say Elland school is heading in the right direction

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STAFF are now pulling together to try to improve Elland CE Primary School, according to Ofsted inspectors.

Since October, the school has appointed a new deputy headteacher and two new teachers.

The governing body has a new chair, a new vice-chair person and two new parent governors.

“The school has made satisfactory progress in making improvements and the effectiveness of the school in improving pupils’ behaviour is good,” said inspector Steve Isherwood.

“The headteacher is leading the school in the right direction, staff are pulling together and are increasingly aware of their collective responsibility for improving the school.”

According to Mr Isherwood’s report much still needs to be done to tackle the legacy of underachievement and to accelerate pupils’ progress further.

But there are positive signs in pupils’ work and from school data that increasing numbers of pupils are making better progress than previously.

There is a tighter focus in lessons on what pupils need to know and do in order to progress.

“During the inspection, pupils behaved well in lessons and as they moved around the school.

There has been a significant reduction in the number of exclusions and attendance rates have improved.