Doncaster primary school celebrates ‘good’ Ofsted rating

Town Field Primary school headteacher Helen Bellinger, pictured celebrating the schools Ofsted result with school children. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 09-12-14 Town Field MC 1
Town Field Primary school headteacher Helen Bellinger, pictured celebrating the schools Ofsted result with school children. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 09-12-14 Town Field MC 1
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Staff and children from a Doncaster Primary School are delighted with the results of a recent Ofsted inspection, which saw them rated them as ‘good’.

Town Field Primary School in Thorne Road, was awarded the second highest rating when inspectors visited last month.

The school was found to have a ‘highly motivational’ curriculum and ‘good’ teaching, with some elements of ‘outstanding’, while the teachers’ planning was said to be ’ extremely thorough’.

Inspectors praised the pupils and said children in all year groups make good progress - many of them better than what is expected of them.

The school environment was described as ‘impeccable’, while the support in the early years was said to be ‘highly effective’.

The social, moral, spiritual and cultural opportunities for children and the support provided for staff were noted to be ‘outstanding’.

The headteacher and the deputy headteacher were praised for their good work together to improve standards and achievement.

Headteacher Helen Bellinger said: “I am very proud of the way the strong ethos of the school has been recognised.”

Inspectors observed 23 lessons during their visit, and found that pupils enjoyed learning and were very ‘active’ in the sessions.

One pupil said: “Teachers try to make you go beyond your limits and everyone gets a chance.”

It was found many children enter the school with skills lower than those typically expected of their age group, but by the end of Year Six their achievements in all subjects were in line with all pupils nationally.

Pupils were rarely late for school and attendance figures for the school were in line with others and continuing to improve.

The quality of writing was also noted to be improving because pupils had lots of reasons to write.

The school has maintained the rating since its last inspection in 2009, despite tougher regulations being introduced in 2012.

It received a ‘good’ rating in all areas; behaviour and safety of pupils, leadership and management, quality of teaching and achievement of pupils.

Staff and pupils are now working towards achieving an outstanding rating, the highest rating possible, at the next inspection.

To achieve the rating, the school will need to improve the quality of teaching further and ensure that e teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar is reflected in pupils’ work, and also that handwriting and presentation of work is improved.

Staff have also been asked to set more “demanding” work to challenge the most able pupils, a target the school said they focusing on.