Elland primary school is on the up

Good Ofsted report for Elland CE Primary School.
Good Ofsted report for Elland CE Primary School.

A primary school has received its best report for 15 years.

When inspectors last visited Elland Church of England School, they described it as satisfactory, but it is now good in every department.

“Achievement has significantly improved over the past two years and the large majority of pupils make better than expected progress,” according to the Ofsted inspectors.

Wendy Holdsworth took over as headteacher in September 2010 and since then three-quarters of the staff have changed.

“She has led a fast pace of improvements, ably supported by her deputy and as a result achievement and teaching have improved to good - they have not yet had time to improve to outstanding,” said inspectors.

“The governors are keen for the school to do well, ask challenging questions and check that pupils in danger of underachieving are picked up quickly.”

The inspectors found the children polite, considerate and well behaved. They listen attentively, quickly get down to work without fussing, feel safe and attendance is above average.

Mrs Holdsworth said: “It must be the best report in at least 15 years and reflects the determination of the governors, staff, parents and pupils to move the school forward.”