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Positive Ofsted report for Hollybush Primary School

Hollybush Primary School has received a ‘good’ Ofsted inspection, inspectors have said.

In a report published this week, inspectors say the Bramley school has made good progress since its last inspection in 2018, which left it ‘requiring improvement’.

The quality of education, personal development and leadership and management were all rated as ‘good’, but the early years provision at the Broad Lane school requires improvement.

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The report has particular praise for the school environment and pupils’ behaviour. It says:

“Behaviour has been transformed at Hollybush. The school environment is calm and purposeful. Teachers have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour. Pupils are polite and respectful.”

The report goes on to add:

“Hollybush Primary School is a happy and welcoming school. Pupils feel safe here. The chosen values of ‘nurture, respect, aspire’ promote a sense of caring for others and prioritise mental well-being.”

There is praise for support offered to most pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities and for staff using visits to places such as Kirkstall Abbey or the River Aire to develop pupils’ knowledge and a sense of pride and belonging to Leeds.

But the report points to ‘turbulent’ staffing in early years, and adds:

“Much has been done to organise an effective learning environment both in Nursery and Reception. The children are settled and happy. However, they are not benefiting from the same curriculum thought and development as pupils in the rest of the school, except in science and mathematics.

“Leaders have not ensured that the curriculum starts in early years, and is built on throughout the school. This means that some children are not fully prepared to start Year 1.”

The report can be viewed in full here.

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