A SCHOOL at the heart of the community has been rewarded for its mission to put children first.
Rawthorpe Junior has been given a glowing report by Government education inspectors, who judged it to be a good school with outstanding features.
And Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman visited pupils and staff at the school to congratulate them for their hard work and achievements, which have turned the school around since the last inspection two years ago.
When Ofsted inspectors visited in 2006 standards were well below average, teaching no better than satisfactory and attendance well below average.
But, says the report, these issues have been tackled with remarkable skill.
Head teacher Ian Williamson said: “The children, staff, parents and governors have worked hard to ensure standards have shot ahead.
“The children love coming to school and are rightly proud of their many achievements.
“Rawthorpe Junior is a happy school. The children enjoy their learning and the many extra-curricular activities the school offers.
“We firmly believe that the children are at the heart of the school and the school is at the heart of the community.”
Deputy head teacher Brian Williams said: “It’s wonderful to see Mr Sheerman making the time to come here to congratulate the children.
“Who knows, he may inspire some of our children to move from helping to run the school to helping to run the country.’’
Mr Sheerman said he was delighted that in such a short period of time there had been a wonderful turnaround in the school, a trend which had been mirrored in several other Kirklees schools.
He added: “I’m delighted to be here to celebrate good leadership in a Kirklees school and a wonderful performance overall at Rawthorpe Junior.”
The inspectors’ report particularly praises the school for its care, guidance and support of pupils and their personal development and wellbeing.
It says: “The outstanding care provided for pupils has resulted in such enormous advances in their personal development that academic improvements have been inevitable.”
It also notes that both parents and pupils have been quick to recognise the changes.
One parent said: “The school goes from strength to strength” and a pupil said: “You’d be crazy not to want to come to school.”