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The Best Primary Schools in Leeds | Complete Guide

We wanted to put together a list of the top primary schools in Leeds, so our clients and customers have the knowledge they need to make the right decision on where the best place to live in Leeds is for them and their family, or to purchase property as a landlord.
Snobe has provided a good breakdown of the current most popular schools in Leeds and the data collated shows that 131,710 pupils attended 310 schools across Leeds in 2020/2021. It has also been recorded that there are a total of 319 nurseries, 237 primary schools, 64 secondary schools, and 13 private schools in the city.

First, we’ll take a look at three of the most popular primary school picks for parents in the area, and then we’ll look at what schools rank best purely from an Ofsted perspective.

The Most Popular Schools (and Best, Per Data From Snobe)

Blenheim Primary School

One of the top-ranked primary schools in the city is Blenheim Primary School - a foundation, co-ed school which has a total of 461 students between the ages of 3-11. This primary school is highly popular with parents looking to enrol their children in a good school, because they aim to develop their students fully, without solely focusing on the academic side of education.

The below data is taken from gov.uk:
Reading proficiency: 4 (Well above average)
Maths proficiency: 8.6 (Well above average)
Student to teacher ratio: 21
Ofsted rating: Good

Hillcrest Academy

Hillcrest Academy, which is the chosen primary school for 459 students also offers exceptional education, vocational training, and a normalised school experience for at-risk youth in need of extra attention and assistance.

They have a comprehensive Integrated Care Model program which provides a strength-based approach for skill development and opportunities for its students to gain the most from this institution.

The below data is taken from gov.uk:
Reading proficiency: 7.9 (Well above average)
Maths proficiency: 6.6 (Well above average)
Student to teacher ratio: 24.8
Ofsted rating: Outstanding

Rosebank Primary School

With 333 students, Rosebank Primary School is yet another highly ranked mixed primary school in Leeds which hosts students between the ages of 2-11 years old. They invest considerable time in developing relationships with their students and families equally and their academic offering aims to prepare those enrolled for the next phase of their education.

The below data is taken from gov.uk:
Reading proficiency: 1.8 (Average)
Maths proficiency: 1.3 (Average)
Student to teacher ratio: 19
Ofsted rating: Good

The Best Schools (Per Recent Ofsted Ratings)

Per information from gov.uk, there are currently 44 primary schools in Leeds with an Ofsted rating of ‘outstanding’. It’s worth noting, however, that not all of these schools have had Ofsted reports recently. With that in mind, we’ve listed the three primary schools with the most recent outstanding Ofsted ratings. These are as follows:

Dixons Trinity Chapeltown

Dixons Trinity Chapeltown is a primary and secondary school serving pupils aged between 4 and 16 years old. Part of the Dixons Academies Trust, this school prides itself on helping students progress through primary and secondary education all the way to university. It's set to reach its intended student capacity of 980 students (from reception through to year 11) by 2023.

The below data is taken from gov.uk:
Reading proficiency: N/A (Likely due to the new nature of the school)
Maths proficiency: N/A (Likely due to the new nature of the school)
Student to teacher ratio: 10.4
Date of Ofsted rating: 04/11/21

Hillcrest Academy (see above)

See information for Hillcrest Academy in our Most Popular Schools section, above.

Wests Oaks School

This community special school offers strong SEN education to children and young adults, of all genders, aged between 2 and 19 years old. The school strives for excellence in all it does, and promotes a pathway for children with special needs that will help them transition into adult life as smoothly as possible.

The below data is taken from gov.uk:
Reading proficiency: -5.6 (Well below average)
Maths proficiency: -6.6 (Well below average)
Student to teacher ratio: 20.7
Date of Ofsted rating: 11/05/22

What Constitutes as ‘Outstanding’?

To be categorised as an outstanding school, these institutions were analysed according to the trends in the number and proportions of children attending local authority schools in Leeds, and inspectors will grade schools according to “overall effectiveness”, beside the four key judgement categories, namely the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management.

Ofsted inspectors will also consider the “spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development” of pupils and based on all the available evidence will determine what it’s like to attend the school, and what the standard of education is, which is then expressed in grades.
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