Pudsey Grangefield School still needs to improve, says Ofsted


Pudsey Grangefield School is making progress but still needs to improve, an Ofsted inspector has said.

The school’s latest report praised the school’s leadership and management as ‘good’, alongside the 16-19 study programmes and pupils’ personal development, welfare and behaviour.

But the report said the school still required improvement in its teaching and outcomes for pupils. The report’s overall conclusion is that Grangefield still ‘requires improvement’.

The last full inspection report in October 2014 said the school needed improvement in all of those areas.

The latest inspection, carried out in September, says progress is being made but adds:

“The variable quality of teaching and learning across the school has led to pupils not making good progress across a range of subjects.

“The school’s marking policy is very clear, but pupils do not always respond to feedback from their teachers and therefore the feedback does not have an impact on pupil progress. Teachers do not always follow this up. The most able pupils are not sufficiently challenged to achieve all they are capable of. They are often just given more of the same tasks to complete rather than something which stretches their learning.”

The report adds that leaders and managers have ‘worked tirelessly to ensure that systems and procedures have been overhauled to support learning and progress’. It says that ‘staff are enthusiastic, motivated and share the principal’s vision to drive forward improvements in the school’. It adds:

“Behaviour has improved rapidly since the last inspection due to the new behaviour system and the consistent application of policies by teaching staff.”

Read the report, which lays out a number of improvements the school needs to make, in full below:

Pudsey Grangefield School – Ofsted Report by John Baron on Scribd

Principal Mark McElvie said on the school website that Grangefield recently achieved its best-ever A level results with almost 50% of exams being at grade A, 81% of students achieving grades A-C and record UCAS points. Students are going on to further successes such as higher education, including Oxford and Cambridge Universities, further education and advanced apprenticeships.


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