Failing Doncaster school ‘is improving’

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Armthorpe Academy is taking promising steps towards the removal of special measures, according to its latest inspection.

The school, which was judged as failing in February, received its second monitoring inspection earlier this month and was told it had made ‘reasonable’ progress.

Head teacher Andy Cope has now vowed to continue leading improvements to ensure children receive the high quality education they deserve.

Ofsted inspector Jan Bennett said in the report: “The head teacher has a clear, long-term vision for the academy and, supported by the trust and the governing body, has taken tough decisions in order to overhaul and strengthen senior and middle leadership.

“The new middle leadership team has a good blend of expertise and includes highly skilled and creative teachers.

“The team is already starting to gel and members are keen to take on extra responsibility in order to drive forward improvements.”

Back in February, the school was told it needed to improve its quality of teaching, raise standards in English and maths, improve students’ behaviour and attendance, raise the standards of leaders and managers, and improve the quality of the governing body.

Following the observation of 21 lessons on October 2 and 3, all areas were found to be getting better.

Mr Cope said: “We are very pleased. As well as being reassuring for parents, it is recognition of the commitment and determination which has been shown by students, staff and governors since our inspection in February. It also demonstrates the quality and impact of the support which we are receiving from our partner academies in Yorkshire Education Trust.

“We still have work to do, and the aim now is to improve on improvement, to ensure that the students receive the high quality of education and support which they deserve.”