School improvements recognised by Ofsted

13/01/2020, PR-9266

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​Mackie Hill Junior and Infant School has been awarded a ‘good’ rating by Ofsted following an inspection in November.

The school in Crigglestone was given the ‘good’ rating in all five key areas measured by Ofsted: The quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and early year’s provision. The achievement acknowledges the improvements at the school, which was rated as ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted two years ago.

The inspection highlighted that the school has “improved considerably since the last inspection” and that “pupils, parents and carers say how much better behaviour is”.

The report also comments that pupils say the school is ‘awesome’, as ‘teachers make learning exciting and fun’.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

​Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "We are absolutely delighted with the improvements the school has made over the last two years and they should be really proud of their achievements.

"The latest inspection from Ofsted recognises the progress that has been made and this is down to the hard work of the staff at the school, to whom I must offer my congratulations.

"The Council would like to express thanks to Kettlethorpe High School for the leadership support it has provided across the improvement journey of Mackie Hill."

Jayne Elliott, Headteacher at Mackie Hill Junior and Infant School, said: "I am extremely proud to be the headteacher of this fantastic school. We offer an engaging curriculum where children can challenge themselves and enjoy learning that will last a lifetime. 

"The staff have worked extremely hard to raise standards in all areas throughout the school and it really is a pleasure to be working with professionals who are relentless to achieve the very best for the children at Mackie Hill.

"I would like to take this opportunity to give a heartfelt thank you to the children and parents for the overwhelming congratulations we have received this last week and for your continued support over the last two years. We look forward to continuing working at this amazing school and sharing more success with you in the future."

Denis Barry, Chair of Governors, said: "What has to be understood is that this is a tremendous achievement by the school which had faced daunting challenges, but to move rapidly from 'inadequate' to 'good' is very rare in education."

The full report can be found at here.