A primary school at the centre of the new ‘super school’ plan for Almondbury is not good enough, according to Ofsted.
Greenside Infant & Nursery School has been rated as 3-Requires Improvement in the government inspectors’ report published yesterday.
At its previous inspection of December 2009, the 164-pupil school was graded as 2-Good.
Yesterday’s report means that all three primary schools in Almondbury are now regarded as below Government standards.
Greenside, which shares its Fernside site with Almondbury High, is one of the three schools Kirklees councillors are considering merging to create a school for three to 16-year-olds with more than 1,200 pupils.
The other two are Almondbury High and Almondbury Juniors, located 200 metres away at Southfield Road.
Almondbury CofE (VA) Infant and Nursery School, Longcroft – graded 3-Requires Improvement – is unaffected by the proposal.
Ofsted inspectors criticised Greenside in a number of areas, including Key Stage 1 reading and quality of teaching, lack of challenges for more able pupils, marking and pupils’ poor attendance.
They did, however, praise the Early Years Foundation Stage, work with poorer students, relationships with parents, pupils’ pride in the school, and governors’ and leaders’ ambition.
Inspectors also stated that the headteacher and deputy head “have effectively managed the turbulence in staffing, avoiding major disruption to pupils.”
According to papers which will be discussed at next Monday’s Kirklees Cabinet meeting: “The establishment of all-through schools is designed to improve the educational standards attained by children through better and more flexible management of learning, without a change of school at aged seven or 11.”
Cabinet members will be asked to consider a six-week consultation programme.
Local parents are in the process of setting up a Facebook page to co-ordinate their response to the proposal.
Teaching unions are being fully consulted by the council, and the NUT has given a cautious welcome to the plan.
Kirklees joint secretary Howard Roberts said: “There are issues in this area and we think it is an innovative idea.
“However, the defining issue will be the consultation with the parents and the community.
“These things can work but they need to be carefully planned and fully discussed. Kirklees is making a real effort for a genuine consultation so people can have their say about their community. They need to be convinced that it is the right way.”
Almondbury High School and Language College has not been inspected under the new Ofsted framework. It was graded as 2-Good at its last inspection of February 2012.
Almondbury Junior School was 4-Inadequate and placed in ‘special measures’ two months ago.