Dewsbury school leaps up in Ofsted’s estimations

CELEBRATION TIME Boothroyd School headteacher Lesley Butcher with pupils after a successful Ofsted inspection.
CELEBRATION TIME Boothroyd School headteacher Lesley Butcher with pupils after a successful Ofsted inspection.
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A school is celebrating after leaping up in the estimations of government inspectors in just 18 months.

When it was last inspected in 2011, Boothroyd Junior and Infant School was simply rated ‘satisfactory’ by Ofsted.

But when inspectors returned to the school in Temple Road in December they decided that it was now a ‘good’ school, with elements of ‘outstanding’.

Headteacher Lesley Butcher said: “It’s a fantastic report, approaching outstanding, and the over-riding feeling was the school got the report it deserved after a lot of years of hard work.”

The achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, and leadership and management were all rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted, who visited in late January.

The behaviour and safety of pupils was rated as ‘outstanding’. Ofsted’s report said: “A calm and very well managed atmosphere pervades the school.

As a result pupils thrive, naturally helping others, rarely falling out and showing a great desire to learn.”

Mrs Butcher said: “The staff here are very hard-working and very committed to what they do.

“The parents are extremely supportive of the school, and the governing body has been extremely supportive and has really assisted with the vision for the school.”

Some of the current governors were Boothroyd pupils themselves, Mrs Butcher added.

There are now plans to increase the number of pupils at the school from 60 in each year group to 90 to cope with demand and population growth.