Doncaster primary school on road to recovery

Pupils of Plover Primary School are celebrating after the school received an improved Ofsted report. Picture: Andrew Roe
Pupils of Plover Primary School are celebrating after the school received an improved Ofsted report. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A former “inadequate” Doncaster school is on the road to recovery, according to government inspectors.

Plover Primary in Coniston Road, Intake, was removed from Special Measures following a visit by officers from Ofsted earlier in the summer.

The inspectors found the school to be good in three areas - teaching quality; behaviour and safety of pupils; and leadership and management - but lacking in pupil achievement.

It added that attainment in English, and particularly reading, needed raising; and that quality of teaching could be improved with good marking and feedback being evident across the school.

The report said: “Pupils are making faster progress than they used to because teaching has improved. Most teaching is good and some, in the youngest and oldest classes, is outstanding.”

Headteacher Steven Bowler said: “We are utterly delighted to be removed from Special Measures. This is testament to the hard work and dedication of all school staff and governors over the last two years. I would also like to thank the local authority and partners for their continued support and guidance.”

He added: “However the greatest thanks must go to our parents and children. They have ‘stuck’ with us through challenging times and enable us to provide a quality of education that our pupils deserve.

“There has been many changes and challenges over the past two years. The most significant ones have included enhancing the quality of leadership throughout the school, a dramatic improvement in teaching and learning and a complete overhaul of the school’s assessment and evaluation systems. Currently, we are improving our curriculum provision.

“These significant improvements have been delivered by a committed, reflective and empowered staff team. We aim to deliver an education that enables our pupils to flourish in a rapidly changing and challenging world. Being removed from Special Measures is the key step to make this so.”