Judith praises progress at Great Horton school

Judith praises progress at Great Horton school

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has praised the improvements made at a Great Horton School during a visit.

Judith went to St Oswald’s Church of England Primary Academy on Friday (2nd) following an Ofsted report which praised the school’s “ambitious vision”.

The school is emerging from a challenging period after a critical Ofsted report in 2016.

Judith met headteacher Gillian Wilson, who has been in post less than a year. Miss Wilson told her about a host of new initiatives that have resulted in “continued improvements” at the school, according to Ofsted inspectors.

Miss Wilson told Judith about their drive to improve pupils’ literacy skills, with an emphasis on reading and handwriting – which is already producing great results – as well as a new, more engaging curriculum.

Judith said: “I was so impressed with the progress Miss Wilson and her team are making. The pupils were so polite and well-behaved. Handwriting in particular has come on leaps and bounds. The children are a credit to their parents and the school.”

Inspectors, who published their latest report last month, said Miss Wilson had “galvanised the entire staff team by creating a culture of learning and development”.

They added: “You have made sure that plans for improvement, performance management, school self-evaluation and training are now seamlessly linked.”

And they were full of praise for pupils, saying: “Pupils’ attitudes to learning are now almost always consistently positive. Their conduct around school at break-time and lunchtime is equally impressive.”

Miss Wilson said: “I would just like to thank Judith for the time that she gave to come and visit our school on Friday.  It meant such a lot to the St Oswald’s team – it was so obvious that she truly cared and felt passionate about the journey we have been on. We feel truly supported by her and look forward to inviting Judith back in during the Summer term.”

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