Barwick school pupils proud of their primary, says Ofsted

Childern from Barwick-in-Elmet Church of England Primary School with headteacher Sue Sanderson.
Childern from Barwick-in-Elmet Church of England Primary School with headteacher Sue Sanderson.

A primary school that has undergone major changes has been rated good by Ofsted.

In the most recent inspection, carried out in December 2014, inspectors highlighted the work carried out by headteacher Sue Sanderson, appointed in 2013, who has implemented several large changes at Barwick-in-Elmet Church of England Primary.

Appointing five new teachers and completely reviewing the way children are taught at the school, Mrs Sanderson said she was thrilled the school maintained its rating.

“The school has been through a period of instability with huge staffing changes and physical changes to the building, so we are delighted to be rated good,” she said.

“The inspectors also highlighted some aspects of outstanding, and that gives the school a clear vision for the future, which is very exciting.

“We really reviewed the way we teach, and working in a new way helps the children be more independent.

“That has been a challenge because previously the way they were taught was very different, but they have really responded to that.”

Last year the PTA raised £4,000 for a new agile learning space that has had a big impact on the children.

In the report, inspectors spoke to children who said ‘teachers bring out the best in us’ and that they feel secure.

The report also highlighted consistently good teaching and pointed out that Mrs Sanderson relentlessly ensured the best for her pupils and robustly responded to a dip in attainment, driving up achievement and improving teaching successfully.

Local councillors have congratulated the school on its success and are hopeful for a bright future.

Harewood Coun Matthew Robinson (Con) said: “Mrs Sanderson’s impact at the school has been instrumental in driving the progress that the inspectors have noted in their report in areas like the pupils’ achievement and better teaching. I am sure this progress will continue.”

Harewood Coun Ann Castle (Con) added: “Although there is still progress to be made in some areas before it achieves ‘outstanding’ status, the school has made huge leaps over the past few years and is well on the way to gaining the highest rating.”