Primary is off schools blacklist

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PUPILS, staff and governors at a South Yorkshire primary are celebrating after their school was taken off the failing schools blacklist.

Inspectors visited Ellis School CE Primary in Hemingfield, Barnsley, and found it had made speedy progress in addressing the areas for improvement identified during their previous visit.

The report goes on to say the school now provides a satisfactory and improving quality of education with some good features.

The school has been taken off the special measures list after 15 months, with two previous checks by inspectors.

Headteacher Pam Randall said: “The whole school community is absolutely delighted to be removed from special measures after such a relatively short time.

“Our actions for improvement have been recognised by Ofsted as ‘concerted and effective’. This is a tremendous achievement and we are determined to continue the drive for improvement.”

The inspection team graded several areas as good, including leadership and management, the capacity for sustained improvement, care, guidance and support and the early years foundation stage.

The report said: “Pupils feel well looked after and look after each other sensitively. The majority of lessons seen were good, in that they challenged the different pupils in the class well and engaged everybody’s interest through enjoyably varied and purposeful activities.”

Children’s behaviour was good and new leadership was ensuring pupils’ results were at least satisfactory and sometimes good.

Achievement levels by the time they left were satisfactory and improving.

Coun Linda Burgess, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “This is excellent news and is recognition of the hard work put in by the school.”

n See full report at: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/oxedu_providers/full/(urn)/106638.