School praised by inspectors

A service which caters for children who are ill or excluded from school is celebrating after being praised by Ofsted inspectors.

Monday, 22nd July 2013, 7:00 am

Westfields Pupil Referral Unit, in Batley Field Hill, has been told it has improved from satisfactory to good by Ofsted.

It is one higher than the grade it was awarded after its last inspection in 2011.

The report highlighted good leadership as the reason for improvements at the school.

Head teacher Martin Ridge said: “The school has appointed senior leaders to drive improvements, particularly around the quality of teaching and learning.

“A number of development priorities have been implemented over the last two years, including a curriculum review, training of middle leaders and an increased focus on the monitoring of teaching and learning.”

The inspectors also said that pupils’ achievements and behaviour was good and their attendance had improved.

The report stated: “High quality work with staff in all the authority’s secondary schools has enabled a significant number of pupils to stay in their local school, as well as reducing the rate of permanent exclusion within the authority.”

The unit caters for 36 boys and girls between 11 and 14 who have either been excluded or who are unable to attend mainstream schools.

Mr Ridge said: “The key aim is to have the long-term needs of all children met in a school setting.

“A clear outcome over the last two academic years has been a 40 per cent increase in placements for children who can remain in their local school.

“The recent inspection report is recognition of the hard work of professionals in mainstream schools, the local authority and our school.

“I feel proud to lead a staff team of dedicated professionals.”