Wakefield Council welcomes Mackie Hill School decision

Wakefield Council has welcomed a decision by the Department of Education to revoke an Academy Order at Mackie Hill Junior and Infant School.

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The Regional School’s Commissioner has written to the Crigglestone school to confirm  its decision, which means the school stays under the guidance of the local authority.

This follows an Ofsted report in November, which rated the school as ‘good,’ and acknowledged  the improvements it has made since it was rated as ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted two years ago.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:

The Ofsted report acknowledges the great improvement and progress made in recent years. This is thanks to dedicated staff and to the hard work of pupils and parents.

We look forward to continuing to work with the school which is providing a great education to its pupils and is at the heart of the local community.

​Jayne Elliott, head teacher at Mackie Hill School said:

I was thrilled to receive the news that Mackie Hill is able to remain under the control of the Local Authority. We work collaboratively with the local Kettlethorpe Schools, in particular the High School, which has ensured Mackie Hill has gone from strength to strength.

The staff are now looking forward to continuing the great curriculum we have embedded so the children can achieve well and enjoy the experiences and opportunities they have here. We thank everyone involved in supporting the school over the last two years.

Mackie Hill Junior and Infant School was given a ‘good’ rating in all five key areas measured by Ofsted, in November.

Ofsted recognised the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and early year’s provision. The achievement acknowledged the improvements at the school.

The inspection highlighted that the school has

improved considerably since the last inspection” and that “pupils, parents and carers say how much better behaviour is.

The report also comments that pupils say the school is ‘awesome’, as ‘teachers make learning exciting and fun’.