School winning fight to improve standards

Ofsted for Ludenden Dene Primary School, Ludenden. Head teacher Lisa Hoyle.
Ofsted for Ludenden Dene Primary School, Ludenden. Head teacher Lisa Hoyle.

A SCHOOL placed in special measures last year is successfully being turned around.

Luddenden Dene Junior, Infant and Nursery School has regained the support of Ofsted inspectors but some concerns are still outstanding.

It was placed in special measures following an inspection last April since when it has made satisfactory progress.

Areas for action included improving the overall quality of teaching; planning to progress the development of pupils; accelerate progress in early years foundation stage and better monitoring by senior staff and governors.

A recent monitoring report found good progress had been made in tackling early years concerns and monitoring.

Satisfactory progress was made elsewhere but inspectors said there remained areas of concern.

“The 2011 test results for Y6 were not as strong as the 2010 results.

“In particular, the proportion of pupils reaching age-related expectations in English and mathematics was lower than predicted.

“Pupils made fast progress over the past year but this was not enough to compensate for earlier underachievement.

“Elsewhere in the school, progress data and other evidence indicate faster progress for most pupils.

“Remaining issues are mostly with mathematics and writing in key stage 2.”

Acting head teacher Lisa Hoyle and senior staff were found to be working purposefully to further embed key improvement strategies.

“Performance data indicate that largely their strategy is having a positive impact,” according to the report.

“Whilst the school is not yet in a position to improve fast enough in all areas without external support, there are more signs of sustained improvements and solid foundations.”

Miss Hoyle was seconded from Warley Town School, Halifax, by Calderdale Council to oversee improvements as acting head.

She said: “The whole school community has worked very hard and shown ambition and determination to improve all round.

“In terms of pupils’ achievements, we have accelerated progress in the early years and improved key stage one results.

“At key stage two, teachers and pupils worked hard to raise standards and although they made fast progress in the year it was not enough to catch up.

“We have already begun actions to make sure this does not happen next year.”

Miss Hoyle said she was particularly proud of the early years foundation unit which opened last September.

Governors from both schools are now exploring ways to resolve the future leadership of Luddenden Dene and Warley Town.