Cottingley Primary Academy celebrates first ever “Good” Ofsted

Cottingley Primary Academy in Leeds is today celebrating its first ever “Good” Ofsted rating in the history of the school. Part of AET, the largest academy trust in the country, Cottingley was previously rated as “requires improvement” by Ofsted inspectors when they last visited in 2016, and in their whole history, the school has never been rated as “Good”.

Under the “tenacious” leadership of Mrs Kelly Bentley, Cottingley has seen radical improvement across a range of areas. In their report, Ofsted highlight:

  • Pupil performance is good and improving, with standards in reading, writing and maths all having increased.  In 2018, pupils’ performance in the key stage 2 statutory tests was above national averages in reading, writing and mathematics at the expected standard.
  • The teaching of reading is good, and pupils read with enjoyment, expression and fluency. Pupils have engaged positively with the ‘Resilient Reader’ programme and this is helping to develop and hone their comprehension skills.
  • Older pupils read regularly and review what they have read.
  • There have also been improvements in the teaching of writing. Pupils enjoy writing, which is evident from their use of language in their written work.
  • The whole school approach to maths, together with good quality teaching, have ensured that pupils are able to use and apply basic mathematical skills.
  • Behaviour is good, with pupils behaving well around school and in class. Pupils are proud of their school – they are polite, well-mannered and confident to engage in conversation.
  • Inspectors also commend the support and professional development provided by AET, and praise Cottingley’s partnership working with other AET schools, which has helped improve the quality of teaching and learning.

Julian Drinkall, Chief Executive of AET said:

“We are all incredibly proud of the fantastic work that Kelly and her team have led at Cottingley, and today’s report shows just how far the academy has come in a short space of time.  Cottingley is now becoming the school of choice for local families.

“At AET we are committed to ensuring all of our schools provide an education that equips children to go on to lead remarkable lives – today’s report shows that vision is becoming a reality at Cottingley. Huge congratulations to the whole team!”

Mrs Kelly Bentley said:

“The outcome of the inspection is testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff team, pupils and community of Cottingley. I am delighted that their efforts have been acknowledged and am excited by the journey of further improvement that lies ahead of us. We are so proud and will continue, as part of AET, to inspire every child to seek the remarkable life that they deserve.”


This post is based on a press release issued by AET