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Knowleswood Primary School

Knowleswood Primary School
Knowles Lane
West Yorkshire

phone: 01274 778177

headteacher: Mr Dean Tombling


school holidays: via Bradford council

437 pupils aged 2—10y mixed gender
315 pupils capacity: 139% full

215 boys 49%

≤ 2123y184a54b104c95y276y387y228y319y2210y20

225 girls 51%

≤ 273y194a124b94c135y336y227y338y279y2410y24

Last updated: June 20, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
Open date
Sept. 1, 2000
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 418754, Northing: 431015
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 53.775, Longitude: -1.7169
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Dec. 18, 2012
Region › Const. › Ward
Yorkshire and the Humber › Bradford South › Tong
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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12 March 2015

Mr Dean Tombling
Knowleswood Primary School
Knowles Lane
West Yorkshire

Dear Mr Tombling

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Knowleswood
Primary School, Bradford

Following my visit to your school on 11 March 2015, I write on behalf of Her

Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the

inspection findings. Thank you for the help you gave me and for the time you made
available to discuss the actions you are taking to improve the school since the most
recent section 5 inspection.
The visit was the first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in December 2014. It was carried out
under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. At its previous section 5 the school was
also judged to require improvement.
Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring
improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection. The school should take
further action to:

 maintain the focus on improving the quality of teaching to accelerate

pupils’ progress further.


During the inspection, discussions were held with the headteacher and deputy
headteacher, members of the governing body, a group of pupils and a
representative of the local authority to discuss the action taken since the last
inspection. The inspector evaluated a range of documentation including: the school

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development plan; monitoring reports and the tracking of pupils’ progress.


Since the previous inspection the governing body has been re- constituted and
strengthened with the appointed of two new experienced governors.

Main findings

Since the previous inspection there are clear signs from the school’s own data and
from latest assessments that pupils in most year groups are catching up, closing the
gaps in their learning and making swifter progress than before. This is because
senior leaders and governors have responded positively to the issues to improve and
have taken immediate action to tighten procedures and strengthen provision. The
roles and responsibilities of staff have been restructured, expectations have been
raised and staff are clearer about the progress that pupils should make with more
focused support for different ability groups across all classes. As a result, the
provision for the most able pupils is more challenging and their attainment is now in
line with national expectations.
Nevertheless, while improving strongly, the progress of some pupils in certain
cohorts is currently behind where it should be due to weak provision in previous

years and gaps in pupils’ knowledge skills and understanding. Senior leaders are

correct in recognising that the key to resolving this issue lies in maintaining the focus
on improving the quality of teaching to accelerate pupils’ progress further.
The school improvement plan has been realigned and follows closely the areas for
improvement identified at the previous inspection. It is suitably under- pinned with
clear measurable milestones against which the impact of actions can be monitored
and evaluated by governors over-time.
Middle leadership continues to improve with new appointments. As a group they

have an accurate view of the school’s most pressing priorities and where further

improvements can be made. They are increasingly confident in evaluating their areas

of responsibility through scrutinising pupils’ work, analysing data and tracking pupils’

Governors have a secure grasp of what goes on in school and are aware of the

actions required to improve the school further. As a group, they understand why the

school is not yet good and show a resolve to challenge senior leaders and hold them
to account.
The school is moving forward well under the drive and determination of the
headteacher and is on-track to achieve its target of getting to good at its next
inspection in the year ahead. All staff are stepping up to the mark as the collective
responsibility to improve the school continues to grow. They can now see light at the
end of the tunnel as the impact of their hard work is beginning to bear fruit.

Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support
and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.

External support

The local authority is providing an effective level of support and challenge to the

school which is tailored well to the school’s most pressing priorities. This is helping

to improve the quality of teaching and strengthen the skills of leaders. Links with
other schools have been used well for staff to observe best practice and share ideas.

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body, the Director of Children’s
Services for Bradford and as below.

Yours sincerely
Steve Isherwood

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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