Drighlington Primary School

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About Drighlington Primary School

Name Drighlington Primary School
Website http://www.drighlingtonprimary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Nicola Abidi
Address Moorland Road, Drighlington, Bradford, BD11 1JY
Phone Number 01132853000
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 424
Local Authority Leeds
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The dedicated headteacher, ably assisted by the deputy and assistant headteachers, has taken effective action to secure the improvements needed that were outlined in the previous inspection report. The headteacher has been relentless in tackling underperformance and weaker teaching in the school.

The recently restructured leadership team has an accurate view of the strengths and areas for further improvement across the school. Phase leaders are now beginning to take on roles in monitoring the quality of teaching and learning across the school. The progress and attainment of pupils is steadily improving towards the national average.

A high...er proportion of pupils now achieve the high or greater depth standards in their work. The governance of the school is strong. Governors hold school leaders rigorously to account and check carefully that all the information they are given is accurate.

Pupils enjoy their learning and engage fully in their lessons. Their attitudes to learning and conduct are very good. They show high levels of respect for all members of the school community.

The school's use of additional funding makes a positive difference to pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and to many pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. However, the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils is still too variable across the school. Pupils' handwriting and presentation of work in key stage 1 are often untidy and spelling is frequently inaccurate.

Pupils do not always know how to edit and improve their work, which results in them frequently repeating errors. The quality of teaching is now good overall. It is particularly strong in the upper part of the school.

However, in a small number of classes, the work which pupils are set is not always matched well to their ability and teachers do not always have the highest expectations of what each pupil can achieve. Children get a very strong start to their education in the early years. Recent improvements mean that children make better progress now than in the past and are well prepared to continue learning in Year 1.

Pupils enjoy coming to school and the vast majority attend regularly.

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The Nursery runs morning and afternoon sessions, which children attend flexibly, according to need.

The number of disadvantaged pupils in the school is below average. Most of the pupils in the school are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who have support for SEND is average.

The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is below average. Since the last inspection, the structure of the senior leadership team has changed. The team now consists of one deputy headteacher, two assistant headteachers, four phase leaders and the special educational needs and/or disabilities coordinator (SENDCo), who work under the direction of the headteacher.

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