Leaders praised for driving improvement at South Yorkshire school

Milefield Primary School in Grimethorpe, Barnsley
Milefield Primary School in Grimethorpe, Barnsley
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Determination by leaders at a South Yorkshire school is driving improvement, inspectors have found.

Milefield Primary School, Grimethorpe, Barnsley, has been given a good rating following a visit by inspectors from Government education watchdog Ofsted.

The school was rated as good in four out of five categories. Only early years provision was found to be requiring improvement.

Inspectors found that leaders’ clear vision for the school and their determination to succeed is driving good improvement.

Governors were found to support leaders well and share their clear vision for the school.

Teaching is managed well by leaders who communicate high expectations and check they are maintained, resulting in much improved pupils’ progress.

Pupils’ different abilities are provided for and they enjoy lessons. From starting points which are below those typically expected, almost all youngsters made at least expected progress and a significant proportion do better than that by the end of Year 6.

Inspectors praised the children and said they behave well, are keen to learn and their attendance has improved significantly.

The report written by inspectors said the school was not yet outstanding because there are some inconsistencies in teaching which still need to be addressed and the most effective teaching is not used sufficiently as an example to help improve the overall quality further.

Leadership of the early years requires improvement and teaching and other provision in that area is not having enough impact on all children’s learning.

Inspectors said too few children reach of exceed a good level of development by the end of reception.