Success for school

Good Ofsted report at Holy Trinity Primary Acadamy. Pictured is head teacher Liz Whetham, with Charlie Oakes, Eve Spensley and Junaid Qadeer and their iPads.
Good Ofsted report at Holy Trinity Primary Acadamy. Pictured is head teacher Liz Whetham, with Charlie Oakes, Eve Spensley and Junaid Qadeer and their iPads.
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A Halifax primary school has been praised for its “lively, fast-paced” lessons followwing its latest Ofsted inspection.

It was Holy Trinity Primary School’s first assessment since it became an academy and the results were positive with the school receiving the second highest rating of “good” in all areas.

Inspectors reserved special praise for the quality of teaching in the school.

The report said: “Children in nursery and reception years make outstanding progress as a result of highly effective teaching and a breadth of well planned activities.

“In Key Stages 1 and 2, the proportion of pupils making expected progress and more is above average.”

The school has received excellent reports in the past but this was its first inspection as an academy and under new stricter criteria from Ofsted.

Headteacher Elizabeth Whetham said: “I am very pleased with the outcome of our Ofsted inspection.

“The framework has changed twice since we were last inspected and the criteria changed.

“The report clearly shows the school has many strengths and lots of excellent practice. “

Other highlights included the school’s provision of “good support for pupils learning to speak English and for disabled pupils and those with special educational needs”.

However, the school’s target for its next inspection will be to reach the top grade of “outstanding”.

Inspectors said in order to achieve that some teaching requires improvement and attendance is currently below average.

School leaders need to ensure teachers are setting work at the correct level for all students and governors need futher training in analysing pupils’ progress.

However, this should not detract from a positive report for the school.

Mrs Whetham said: “I am proud of all those who work with Holy Trinity in ensuring that the children’s all round learning experience at school is the best it can be.”