An Ofsted inspection has recognised significant improvement at Eastburn Junior and Infant School in Keighley.

After an inspection which took place on 5 and 6 of June 2019, the school was judged to be ‘Good’, moving from its previous judgement of ‘Requires Improvement’.

The report highlighted many strengths of the school. Among them were that:

  • The headteacher has high expectations and a clear vision for the school. Since her appointment in September 2018, there have been significant improvements in the quality of teaching and in pupils’ outcomes.
  • The leadership team is extremely effective. The headteacher and deputy headteacher are proactive and knowledgeable, and work cohesively.
  • A strength of the school’s ethos is the quality of relationships. Leaders and staff get to know pupils’ individual needs and provide a high level of care. As a result, pupils are happy and well-behaved.
  • Pupils have exceptionally positive attitudes to learning. They are resilient, work collaboratively and relish challenge. This is demonstrated in the pride they take in their work.
  • The level of care and consideration for pupils’ safety is superb.
  • Vulnerable pupils, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), are supported effectively. Consequently, they make good progress from their starting points.
  • Parents and carers are very positive about the school. They agree that their children receive a good standard of education and are well cared for.
  • In the early years, children enjoy a happy and successful start to school.
    Headteacher Jo Waterhouse with pupils

A link to the full report can be found on the Ofsted website.

Mrs Jo Waterhouse, Headteacher of Eastburn Junior and Infant School, said:“Everyone in school is delighted that the Inspection Team has recognised the fantastic progress which has been made since our last inspection and confirmed the school’s own judgement of ‘Good’ in all areas. This has been the result of a lot of hard work on behalf of our staff and governors, and overwhelming support from our parents.

“We are excited about the future and motivated to build on our progress so far in order to give the pupils of Eastburn the best possible education and opportunities.”

Councillor Imran Khan, portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, said: “It’s good news that Eastburn Junior and Infant School has secured a ‘Good’ outcome from being judged as ‘Requiring Improvement’ two years ago.  The Council has confidence in the leadership of the school to build on this success. The trend of recent Ofsted inspections shows that more schools in our district are making positive progress on their improvement journeys.”