It’s a happy new year for one of the area’s primary schools after it was awarded a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating following a pre-Christmas inspection.
Birchfield Primary School in Gildersome, which has around 230 pupils, received the news after a two day visit from inspectors in December.
It is a welcome verdict for the school after it was given a ‘Requires improvement’ grade by inspectors on their last visit in 2012.
Head teacher Mr Phil Turner said: “We’re absolutely delighted. It’s a big relief.
“We felt we had a hard time of it last time (after the previous inspection) actually. But to get a ‘good’ rating now is harder than it’s ever been because they keep moving the goalposts and the inspectors made a point of saying we’d done very well to get that.”
Among the comments to be found in the inspectors’ final report was praise for the pupils’ behaviour.
The report said: “Pupils are very respectful towards each other and adults and are very proud of their school. They wear their school uniform with pride and come to school prepared and ready to learn.”
Teaching staff at the school were also credited with “bringing the new curriculum to life” and for their good relationships with pupils.
Mr Turner, who has worked at the school since 1996, said: “In my opinion this is not just a good school, but a fantastic school and it’s a nice reward for the staff, the governors and the pupils who’ve worked so hard to help us achieve this.
“Next time we will be working towards outstanding.”