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Sandal Primary School

Sandal Primary School
West Lane
West Yorkshire

phone: 01274 598115

headteacher: Mrs Louise Dale

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school holidays: via Bradford council

455 pupils aged 2—10y mixed gender
420 pupils capacity: 108% full

235 boys 52%

≤ 244a94b74c115y326y347y268y349y2310y31

220 girls 48%

≤ 233y184a104b134c95y286y237y278y269y3710y28

Last updated: July 21, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 414697, Northing: 439122
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 53.848, Longitude: -1.7781
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
June 24, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
Yorkshire and the Humber › Shipley › Baildon
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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2 October 2014
Mrs Louise Dale
Sandal Primary School
West Lane
West Yorkshire
BD17 5DH
Dear Mrs Dale

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

Following my visit to your school on 1 October 2014, 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 June 2014. It was carried out
under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.
Senior leaders and governors

are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring

improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection.


During the inspection, meetings were held with: the headteacher and senior leaders;
middle leaders; the vice-chair of the governing body and the governor with oversight
of inclusion; and a representative of the local authority, to discuss the action taken
since the last inspection. The school improvement plan was evaluated. Short visits to
writing lessons in Key Stage 2 were made with the headteacher. A report from the
Chair of the Governing Body, who was unable to be present, was taken into account.

Main findings

The headteacher and senior leaders have made an energetic start on the next stage

of the school’s journey towards becoming good. Working together, staff, governors,

pupils and parents have drawn up a long-term vision for the school into which this

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year’s development plan fits. The appointment of two new middle leaders, with a

third appointment planned for next term, has increased the capacity of leaders to
drive improvement. Training is already underway for the new middle leaders, for

instance on how to evaluate pupils’ work, and more is planned in the form of
coaching by the local authority’s linked improvement officer.

The leadership of individual subjects is also being developed, in part in response to
new national curriculum requirements. However, primarily the purpose is the
development of a curriculum that matches the school’s vision and fosters in pupils
the characteristics of successful learners. Consequently, the starting points have
been personal, social, and health education and religious education.
Senior leaders have introduced a training programme for teaching assistants. This
focuses both on the development of learning and on areas where consistency is
essential, such as the use of the school’s calculation policy. Time has been allocated
weekly for teachers and teaching assistants to work together on preparations for
learning. A more joined-up approach to the use by teachers of planning, preparation
and assessment time is being established so that good practice can be shared.
Senior leaders have a tight schedule in place for monitoring the implementation of
new practices, for example in marking, and following up where necessary to ensure
that improvements become embedded.

The governing body makes regular checks on the school’s progress, challenging

leaders and requesting additional information on occasion. Governors each have
responsibility for tracking progress on a particular priority in the school development
plan and work with staff to evaluate the impact of actions. They triangulate the
information they receive, for instance through visits to the school.
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 recognises that the school’s capacity for driving its own
improvement has increased and is likely to grow further. Training and coaching for
middle leaders by the school’s improvement officer is planned as a key contribution
to this development. Consequently, consideration will be given to the timely
reduction in the level of support provided by the local authority.

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body and the Director of

Children’s Services for Bradford.

Yours sincerely
Jane Austin

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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