Halifax grammar schools under threat

SEVEN Calderdale schools, including two grammars, could lose their “Outstanding” status under tougher new inspection rules because their teaching is not good enough.

The new head of Ofsted has warned that schools should only be given the top rating of outstanding if their teaching is of the very highest grade.

Schools which have previously been judged to be outstanding, but where teaching was only found to be “good”, could now find their status under review.

The tough new measure would affect almost one in four of Yorkshire’s best schools.

Currently, Calderdale has seven “outstanding” schools.

North Halifax Grammar, Crossley Heath and Brighouse High, Woodhouse Primary, in Brighouse, Siddal Primary, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary and St Mary’s Catholic Primary.

All received outstanding Ofsted ratings but their teaching was only found to be good

Ofsted’s chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said: “Teaching is central to the life of the school, it’s the most important thing teachers do.

“This means schools previously judged outstanding might be subject to a review of that status at some stage in the future.

“There needs to be a clear gold standard understood by all. And central to that understanding is that teaching is the predominant factor in achieving outstanding status.”

The full list of the 87 schools which could be affected in Yorkshire can be found at www.yorkshirepost.co.uk.

*Ofsted inspection reports are due to be published on Calder High School, Mytholmroyd, and Ryburn Valley High, at Sowerby.