Thriving school out of special measures

A school has worked its way out of special measures and continues to improve, according to Ofsted inspectors.

Luddenden Dene Junior, Infant and Nursery School was judged inadequate in April 2010.

Teaching, curriculum, leadership, early years and safeguarding were all criticised.

Lisa Hoyle was seconded from Warley Town School shortly afterwards to drive the school forward.

And, this month she took up the role as permanent headteacher.

She said the everyone involved with the school had worked with the local authority and successfully came through five monitoring visits and a full Ofsted inspection in July.

“The whole school community is very proud of what we have achieved and feel excited about our future,” she said.

“We will enjoy celebrating our success and are all determined to raise standards even further over the coming months.”

Ofsted said the school now provides pupils with a satisfactory and improving quality of education.

“Leaders’ good direction of teaching, effective management of performance and a raft of successful improvement measures have enabled the school to tackle the deep-rooted weaknesses that have afflicted it,” said the latest report.

Teaching was found to be good.

“However, performance indicators confirm the cumulative effect of the teaching pupils have received over time is only satisfactory.

“Staff accept that for teaching to improve further they must ensure all pupils are suitably challenged.”

Pupils’ attitudes to learning and their behaviour were found to be good overall and inspectors asked the school to improve the behaviour of a handful of pupils who cause occasional disruption.