Local MP visits Ripley school following Ofsted visit.

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, visited Ripley Endowed CofE Primary School last week following a recent monitoring visit by Ofsted.

Ripley is part of a federation with the primary schools in Beckwithshaw and Kettlesing. 

Ripley received a “required improvement” rating from Ofsted in April 2021 during an inspection in lockdown and a subsequent “inadequate” rating in November 2021. The main issue identified was the curriculum.  

With the inadequate rating came an Academisation order from the Government and weeks before completion the Academy pulled out. In addition, all teaching staff left the school and newly recruited teachers were employed from September 2022. 

The school recently had an Ofsted monitoring visit in November and although the previous judgement cannot be changed as part of a monitoring visit, the school eagerly awaits another full inspection where the judgement is subject to change.

Andrew said “It was great to visit the school and learn more about the work being done to help improve the children’s education. Children only get one chance at an education and it is important to get it right as early as possible.

“I am pleased with the progress made under the new management and I am keen to help to continue this improvement”.

Miss Kirkman, Interim Co-Executive Headteacher for the federation said “We are delighted with the outcome of the recent Ofsted monitoring visit at Ripley which recognised the significant and rapid school transformation since the previous inspection.

“This is due to the hard work of all stakeholders in working together to ensure future success of the school and the life chances of  children in the federation. We now focus on the next  inspection and continue our relentless drive for further school improvement.” 

Miss Kirkman, is also Executive Headteacher at Admiral Long and Birstwith CE Schools who have recently been inspected and judged as Ofsted ‘Good’ schools.