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Mount Pellon Primary Academy in Calderdale Celebrates 'Good' OFSTED Judgement

8th Feb 2019

Mount Pellon Primary Academy in Calderdale Celebrates 'Good' OFSTED Judgement

Prior to being converted to an academy sponsored by Northern Education Trust, Mount Pellon Primary Academy (previously Mount Pellon Junior and Infants School) had been a source of concern for a number of years to OFSTED, the Local Authority and the community.

The academy was judged as Inadequate by OFSTED in November 2016. Since then progress and attainment have improved significantly as a result of improvements in leadership and management and the quality of teaching. In January 2019 the school was judged as 'Good' in all areas by OFSTED.

The report states that 'since the last inspection, the trust's and school leaders' vision, ambition and drive have brought about rapid improvement in outcomes at all key stages, including for disadvantaged pupils. The principal and school leaders have created a positive ethos in the school. Staff are committed to bring about improvements and work well as a team…Pupils have a strong sense of belonging and are proud of their uniform and the school.'

The report goes on to state that 'the school's work to promote pupils' personal development and welfare is good. Pupils have positive attitudes to learning….and feel safe in school…. Pupils get on well with each other. The behaviour of pupils is good.'

As a result of improved leadership and management and improved teaching 'outcomes have risen significantly at all key stages' and 'since the last inspection, leaders and teaching staff have brought about a rapid increase in attainment in reading, writing and maths' and 'current pupils are making good progress.'

Ofsted recognised the crucial support from the Trust; stating: 'The trust's vision and its management systems give strong direction and support for school leadership, management and accountability. Trust-wide approaches to the curriculum, resources and assessment promote the consistency of teaching. Trust subject directors have given effective support for teaching in English and mathematics. Trust staff are passionate about school improvement and have close working relationships with senior and subject leaders. The trust has given strong support and challenge for senior and subject leaders. The trust knows the school well and understands the strengths and weaknesses in performance'.

The Principal, Mr. Chris Walton said:

'We are really proud of the judgement of Good. The hard work of children and staff, and the work of the Trust, has been recognised. I am very pleased that now, after so many years, the school can be the school of choice in our community. We are really making a difference to the life chances of our children.'

The Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Jane Wilson, stated:

'We are all absolutely delighted with the judgement which is testimony to the hard work of all the children and staff. The impact of the implementation of the NORTHERN model of school improvement is evidenced in this dramatic improvement in performance.'