‘Warm and welcoming’ Dacre Braithwaite school rated ‘good’ by Ofsted
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Last updated Feb 4, 2024

Dacre Braithwaite Church of England Primary School has been awarded a ‘good’ rating in an Ofsted report

Inspectors visited the Nidderdale school in November 2023, and their findings were published on Friday.

The report rated the overall effectiveness of the school as good, but noted that early years provision required some improvement. 

It described the school, which is four miles from Pateley Bridge, as a “warm and welcoming haven set in the Yorkshire Dales.”

The report said:

“It is a friendly, caring school. Pupils enjoy being part of the Dacre Braithwaite ‘family’. They say they are proud to attend here.”

It said children feel safe and behave well and the school is ambitious for pupils’ achievement.

Reading is “given high priority”, staff are “well trained” and “staff and pupils talk about phonics with confidence”.

Three areas of improvement were identified in the report, which said “children are not as well prepared for the next stage in their education as they might be”. Some activities can lack purpose, or are without sufficient challenge to the pupils, inspectors added.

Dacre Braithwaite, which has 84 children, is part of the Leeds Diocesan Learning Trust. 

Headteacher Jo Dobbs said:

“We are very pleased with the results of the report.”


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