Is there a crisis in secondary education in West Leeds? asks Melinda Ridge Priestley.
What makes a good school? Is it the judgement from OFSTED? Is it the results? Is it your child being happy at that school?
Many parents and carers in the west of the city will soon be looking at local secondary schools for their Year 5 child.
With the recent reports of four local schools being released in the past six months parents/carers might be forgiven for thinking that the state of education in the area is poor.
You might be forgiven for thinking only an OFSTED graded ‘good or better’ school is suitable for your child. But is there a bigger picture in play?
Here is a summary of the OFSTED ratings for the local schools:
Crawshaw Academy – judged to be ‘good’ in November 2015
Farnley Academy – judged to be ‘outstanding’ in 2013
Pudsey Grangefield – judged to be ‘requires improvement’ in November 2016
Leeds West Academy – judged to be ‘requires improvement’ in February 2017
So what as a community can be done? It is important to remember that OFSTED is only one measure of how a school is doing.
How are you involved in your local school? Do you support the events they hold? That can be a big help to schools, having links with the local community can help improve a school.
Letting our local children see that the community has pride in the local school will help.
When you are picking a school, take a tour, have a look around and see what it is like and remember that all of these schools have one thing in common-they want your child to do well.
It takes a community to raise a child.
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