Inspectors praise ‘transformed’ Calverley Parkside school

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Calverley Parkside Primary School. Photo: Google

By John Baron

Calverley Parkside Primary School ‘is a school transformed’, Ofsted inspectors have said.

They rated the school, on Victoria Drive, as ‘good’ for its quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development and early years provision, and said leadership was outstanding – the highest rating inspectors can give.

Calverley Parkside’s last full inspection in 2017 had rated the school as ‘inadequate’. The school was transferred to Pudsey-based Owlcotes Multi-Academy Trust the following year.

But after their visit in December, inspectors hailed an impressive turnaround. They wrote: “Calverley Parkside Primary School is a school transformed. Pupils enjoy coming to school. Leaders have high expectations for pupils’ learning.

“They have designed curriculums that are ambitious [and] through a combination of skilled teaching and hard work, pupils, including those with additional needs, achieve highly.

“In a short period of time, despite the challenges of COVID-19, leaders have developed new curriculum plans, in all subjects, that clearly identify what pupils will learn, and when.”

Inspectors also praised the school’s commitment to reading and phonics and extra-curricular activities and clubs.

Concerns were raised about ongoing attendance issues of some pupils and inspectors recommended leaders should redouble their efforts to work with the pupils and their families to ensure they attend regularly. 

Calverley Parkside’s latest Ofsted report can be read in full here.

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