Family & Education

Ofsted finds much to like at Brodetsky

The Leeds primary, where some pupils make ‘starting’ progress, retains its ‘good’ ranking


Flourishing in the early years at Brodetsky Primary, Leeds

Ofsted has confirmed that Brodetsky Primary in Leeds remains a good school after its first inspection in five years.

Some pupils were making “startling” progress and achieved highly in English and maths.

Where a school has previously been ranked as good, inspectors do not usually give an overall grade on a return visit.

Brodetsky’s 250 children “know that they are looked after by kind adults who know them well”, while staff, parents and pupils agreed that it was “like one big family”.

The youngest children “are nurtured and flourish in a carefully considered setting. Most pupils behave well and are kind towards others”.

The school provided a range of opportunities for pupils to broaden their experience, including a year-6 residential trip, whose participants “joyfully described the fun” and challenges they had such as traversing high ropes .

In many subjects, teachers skilfully made links with different topics which “brings learning to life”, Ofsted said.

But in some subjects, the curriculum was found to be not ambitious enough.

The school recognised there was more to do to improve behaviour among a small minority and there was increasing evidence that a new policy was “helping some pupils make better choices,” Ofsted said.

On occasions, “low-level disruption” got in the way of learning and some pupils spoke of “drama” between others in their class, Ofsted reported.

Interim headteacher Charlie Kelsey, who took charge at the start of the academic year, said the report “reflects our commitment to ensuring every child feels safe, valued, and supported throughout their educational journey”.

Ofsted’s verdict, she said, was “a significant achievement for our school”, reflecting efforts “to provide the best possible education... We will continue to build upon this success and strive for further improvement in all areas. We have suggestions on things we need to improve and we will work hard to ensure any areas addressed are priority in our development plans.”

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