School keeps good progress

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A DONCASTER school placed in special measures is continuing to make good progress in its fightback.

Ofsted inspectors made another visit to Marshland Primary School at Moorends earlier this month and said it was continuing to make progress.

The school is still seeking approval to join forces with Brooke Primary School at Thorne later this year.

The inspectors found there had been ‘significant gains seen in progress since the return to single-age classes and the improved quality of teaching’.

The proportion of pupils making the expected progress in English is likely to be slightly above the national average.

The proportion of those achieving the higher Level 5 in English and mathematics is likely to be below the national average but is showing a significant increase on the previous year, although the school recognises that further improvement is required in reading and writing in Year 1 and lower Key Stage 2.

Inspectors praised the ‘sterling efforts’ of the Year 2 teacher which resulted in impressive and imaginative writing in her class, helping to strengthen achievement by the end of Key Stage 1.

“A positive start has been made with an intervention scheme to boost reading for some pupils,” said inspector Peter Cox.

“Achievement for those taking part has improved markedly. Overall, achievement is much stronger than previously because of better quality teaching. Pupils receive teaching that is engaging and challenging and helps pupils of all abilities to make progress in line with and often in excess of their abilities and starting points

“One pupil commented that ‘lessons have really improved and are fun… the school has come on ‘leaps and bounds!’.”

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