Hebden Bridge primary school is “getting better”

A PRIMARY school which was seriously criticised by Ofsted inspectors in January is “showing early signs of improvement”.

“Pupils are responding well to increasing opportunities provided to develop and improve their writing skills.

“But pupils’ confident and articulate speaking skills are not always accompanied by a respectful ability to listen to others and take everyone’s views into account,” according to inspector Marguerite Murphy.

Her monitoring visit to Riverside Riverside Junior School, in Hebden Bridge, included observing lessons and meeting the governors.

She found teaching was improving slowly, good relationships exist in the classrooms and pupils generally enjoy their lessons.

“There have been improvements in the sometimes over-boisterous behaviour during lunchtime play.

“On occasions, pupils do not apply their knowledge of how to keep themselves safe from potential accidents.”

The school remains in special measures and may not appoint newly qualified teachers.