School can become outstanding: Ofsted

Ofsted. Salterhebble Primary School, Halifax. Head teacher Belinda Kerfoot-Roberts with some of her pupils.
Ofsted. Salterhebble Primary School, Halifax. Head teacher Belinda Kerfoot-Roberts with some of her pupils.

A Halifax primary school is hoping to take its teaching to the next level after a positive report by Ofsted.

Inspectors visited Salterhebble Junior and Infant School for two days at the end of January on two days’ notice.

They ranked the overall effectiveness of the school as level 2 –good – the same score the school achieved in its last inspection in 2007.

The report praised the standard of teaching as being “good with outstanding elements” and also praised pupils’ reading levels.

Pupil behaviour and leadership were also praised.

The inspectors raised concerns from parents about reports of bullying not being taken seriously by teachers, but said they believed the school “deals rigorously with any instances of bullying on the rare occasions they occur.”

Head teacher Belinda Kerfoot-Roberts said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the inspectors recognise that Salterhebble Junior and Infant is such a good school.

“It’s great to be described as cohesive and harmonious as this reflects how well children from different social and cultural backgrounds mix in our learning community.

“We’re very proud our children behave so well and that this makes a positive contribution to their active, enthusiastic learning.

“Consistently good teaching also ensures our standards remain high through a challenging curriculum.

“We’re now aiming for the outstanding practice shown in many classrooms to be the norm in our school.

The report also suggested the school has the capacity to improve further, and that leadership is good at all levels.

“The passion and commitment of leaders ensures that all pupils fulfil their potential and that the school has the chance to improve its performance even further,” she added.

Changes to the Ofsted system, announced last week by Sir Michael Wilshaw, the new chief schools inspector, will mean that in future schools won’t be given any notice before inspectors visit.