A HYDE primary school is celebrating after going from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’ in its latest Ofsted report.
Greenfield was described as letting pupils down because of its weak curriculum in 2019. Inspectors also said: “The quality of education that pupils receive at this school is not good enough. For too long, pupils at Greenfield Primary School have not had the education that they are entitled to.”
But four years later, the newly-named Greenfield Primary Academy, on Queen Street, scored highly after a visit in March.
Inspectors were full of praise and highlighted how pupils now “achieve well across the curriculum” along with commendation for the school’s “ambitious curriculum with reading at its heart.”
“Staff ensure that pupils know that they have the right to learn, feel safe and be successful,” they commented.
“This supports pupils to be confident and successful learners when they join secondary school.”
The report also complemented the approach to engaging parents and families with “a range of workshops, trips and events” including “a parent and child cookery course.”
And getting the overall good marking was greeted with delight.
Executive Principal Melanie Eccles said: “This report is testament to the hard work of staff and families at Greenfield Primary Academy who have worked tirelessly to ensure all children are able to reach their full potential.
“We were particularly pleased that our approach to reading was highlighted as a strength, along with the high aspirations we have for every child in our care, no matter what barriers to learning they may face.”
After the inadequate grading, the school moved to The Harmony Trust in 2020 and changes were implemented.
The report noted the positive impact of Harmony Trust initiatives such as The Harmony Pledge, The Harmony Phonics Framework and The Harmony Model Curriculum.
Chief executive of The Harmony Trust, Antony Hughes, added: “We are incredibly proud of staff, children and families at Greenfield for reaching this standard of excellence.
“Greenfield was in a very challenging position when it first joined the Harmony Trust, but the dedication and determination of all involved with the academy to achieve the very best for its pupils has been inspirational.”