Pupils at a Holme Valley primary school are above average academically when they leave.

They make good progress at Hepworth Junior and Infant School, and by the end of Year 6 they are better than the national average. This year more pupils are set to achieve the higher levels in mathematics and writing than in previous years.

That’s the view of Ofsted inspectors who have just graded the 102-pupil school in Maingate as Good (2). They said:

The large majority of teaching is good and some is outstanding... as a result, pupils’ skills in writing and mathematics have improved.

Teaching assistants provide high quality support for pupils’ learning in class and for small groups of pupils outside the classroom. This is the result of the high quality training they receive

Pupils behave well and have positive attitudes to learning. They feel safe in school and enjoy school. Attendance is above average.

Leaders, managers and governors have developed a strong sense of purpose amongst all staff to drive the school forward.

A small amount of teaching, and monitoring of both pupils’ progress and internal improvements needs to be better before Hepworth can become outstanding.