Ingram Road Primary hit by negative Ofsted report

Ofsted has found Ingram Road Primary School in Holbeck to be ‘Inadequate’ following an inspection in March.

The report, published on 14 May 2024, finds that Behaviour and attitudes and Personal development are Good at the school, but says the quality of education, leadership and early years provision are all Inadequate. The inspectors gave an overall rating of Inadequate.

Previous inspections in 2017 and 2020 found that the school Requires Improvement.

The judgement means that Ingram Road, which is currently a local authority school, will have to become an academy and be taken over by a Multi-academy Trust (MAT).

In their report they say:

“Staff provide effective pastoral support for pupils and help them to feel safe. However, the school’s expectations of what pupils can achieve are too low. Over time, the school has not ensured that pupils are provided with an education that prepares them for their next steps. All pupil groups, including disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), are underachieving.”

However, they also found that:

“This is an inclusive school. Pupils are proud of the cultural and ethnic diversity and different faiths represented at Ingram Road Primary. Pupils are polite and courteous. They behave well during social times.”

In statement on behalf of the whole school community, the Governing Body said:

“We are naturally very disappointed by the OFSTED judgement of our school. We are pleased that the report recognises the many positive strengths of our school, our children and our staff;

  • strong personal development underpinning all that we do,
  • positive, respectful relationships,
  • inclusivity,
  • pride in our cultural diversity,
  • polite, courteous, well-behaved pupils.

“However, we feel the overall finding of Inadequate does not reflect the school that we know and are so proud of.

“We are committed to giving the children of Ingram Road Primary School the best possible school experience, and we will work closely with the local authority and our wider support network ensuring their wellbeing remains a priority during the process to convert the school into an academy.

“There are exciting times ahead for the school and we have been very moved by the supportive responses we have received from so many of our parents and carers.”

You can read the full report here.


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