Major Doncaster academy told it must improve

Balby Carr Community Academy. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 08-06-15 Balby Carr MC 2
Balby Carr Community Academy. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 08-06-15 Balby Carr MC 2
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One of Doncaster’s biggest schools has been told it ‘requires improvement’ after its first inspection as an academy.

Inspectors from government education watchdog Ofsted have told Balby Carr Academy they do not think pupils make good progress and the quality of teaching needs improvement.

They are also concerned that pupils do not show enough respect to one another or staff at times, that youngsters are at times disruptive in lessons, and say leaders have not done enough to make sure teaching can get better at the school, which has 1,156 pupils.

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However, in their report, they do praise aspects of the work at the school, on Weston Road, Balby.

Attendance has improved since the school became an academy, and some achievement in the sixth form is outstanding, such as sociology.

Pupils feel safe and behaviour management has improved with fewer serious behaviour incidents.

The report says that since new headteacher John Innes started in his post improvements in teaching and achievement have increased.

In the report, lead inspector Fiona McNally, said: “Leadership and management have not ensured there is no weak teaching apparent in the academy.

“Improvements have been seen in many areas and in some areas there is good teaching . However, too much teaching requires improvement.

“The system to appraise the quality of teaching has improved significantly this academic year.

The new headteacher and trust leaders ensure teachers are now fully accountable for their students’ outcomes and for meeting challenging targets.

“Teachers agree this is an area of significant improvement and that it is starting to have an impact on students’ outcomes , although further improvements are needed and over a more sustained period of time.”

Of the behaviour of pupils at the school, Ms McNally said their attitude to learning was not always positive.

She said they could be disruptive and stop the learning of other youngsters in the lesson.

She said at social times, pupils got on well and were calm, but when challenged by staff, including school leaders, they did not always respond immediately and some were rude.

However, the report said the number of serious behavioural issues had reduced significantly, and there was now a zero tolerance on bullying, which had also reduced in recent months.

The report also warned achievement in the sixth form needed to improve, with sixth form English and maths teaching needing to get better.