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St Luke’s CE Primary scores highly with Ofsted

St Luke’s CE Primary School in Eccleshill is celebrating not only being judged as a Good school by Ofsted but also an outstanding judgement by the National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS).

medium_D3S_6649Both inspections were carried out in the summer term and recognise the strong leadership and progress being made throughout the school.

In a glowing Ofsted report, the inspectors said: “The Headteacher leads with an effective balance of challenge and support. Staff feel valued and share her high expectations. As a result, pupils make good progress.”

The SIAMS inspection report which judged the school to be outstanding again, says: “School life is infused by Christian values, which impact extremely positively on children enabling them to thrive in their personal development and behaviour, which are exemplary.”

Headteacher, Sarah Horsbrough, said: “We are delighted with both these reports as both organisations see the school as we do.

“Both inspection teams report on the year on year improved attendance, reflecting the improvement in the quality of teaching and also how much children enjoy coming to school. Ofsted reported that our children feel safe in school and “parents and pupils really appreciate the care they receive when life gets difficult because the support really makes a difference.”

The Ofsted report goes on to say: “Senior leaders have an accurate view of the work of the school. They link pupils’ progress to the effectiveness of teaching.”

When looking at Leadership and Management of the school as a church school, the SIAMS report says: “Children’s RE work shows they now learn about a range of faiths, visit other places of worship and can make comparisons with Christianity, which promotes respect. Foundation Governors now carry out regular monitoring and evaluation of the school as a church school, through discussion with school leaders, learning walks, talking to children and looking at children’s work.”

Coun Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills, said: “This is really pleasing news for St Lukes CE Primary. All those people – pupils, staff, parents, Governors and the wider community – who have worked so hard to bring about both of these positive outcomes, should be very proud.”

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