A primary school has been downgraded by Ofsted – but school leaders believe it has actually improved since the previous inspection.
Rowley Lane Junior Infant and Nursery School, Lepton, has just been rated as Good.
Inspectors have written a glowing report full of praise for the school, but they did not re-award the Outstanding grade.
Leaders, managers and governors were all complimented on their effectiveness and vision.
Inspectors said that pupils’ behaviour is outstanding, attendance and achievement are above average, teachers run well-planned lessons, youngsters in early years make good progress and the school has a rich tradition of sporting excellence.
This latest Ofsted report highlights issues raised by Huddersfield headteachers who have seen their schools inspected since last September when Ofsted moved the goalposts once again, this time by tightening the criteria.
Several have said that inspections are now tougher than ever with inspectors looking to pick up on tiny imperfections within schools. Some claim that inspectors sometimes lose sight of the bigger picture as they judge within strict and narrow guidelines.
Headteacher Jenny Shore said: “Since the last inspection, the school has continually improved across a whole range of areas.
“The number of children achieving the expected level of attainment and progress has remained high. The number of children who are above age-related expectation has also been high and last year we achieved our best-ever overall set of results.
“Whilst the report says the proportion of children making better than expected progress in writing and maths is not above average, this is a fairly new measure in inspections and is very much a focus for our school.
“The inspection was very positive and, as a whole school community, we strive tremendously hard to be in outstanding in everything we do.”
Miss Shore added that the following areas are now better than at the previous inspection: independent learning, the curriculum, the promotion of reading, extra-curricular activities and links with partner schools.
The Ofsted report said that teachers’ marking could be better and added: “The proportion of pupils making better than expected progress in writing and mathematics is not high compared to the national average.”