School praised after inspectors’ visit

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GOVERNMENT inspectors have praised a Doncaster primary school for its work in supporting vulnerable pupils.

Ofsted said Kirton Lane Primary School in Stainforth was especially successful in supporting pupils whose circumstances make them potentially vulnerable and helping them to grow in confidence and achieve well.

Rating the school as good overall, inspectors said outstanding features at the school, on Thorne Road, included pupils’ behaviour, the quality of safeguarding its pupils and communication with parents and carers.

Results last year were better in mathematics than in English and pupils made stronger progress in mathematics.

The school had identified weaker performance in writing and the teaching of writing had improved as a result of recent action,

Teaching was good but the quality of learning in lessons observed was variable, said the report.

Boys and girls achieve equally well, it stated.

Headteacher Audrey Wall was praised in the report, which described it as well led.

It said she had clear ideas about the school and the needs of its pupils, and the curriculum had been developed imaginatively to engage pupils and motivated them to do their best.

It said: “Supported by the staff, the headteacher has succeeded in creating a primary school at the centre of its community, where all pupils are equally valued and which is well supported by parents, carers and the governing body.”

Ofsted has told the school it now needs to increase the proportion of good and outstanding teaching, and has told staff how it would like that to be achieved.

It has also been told to raise the levels of achievements in English, by putting a greater emphasis on developing speaking and listening throughout the school and by providing time for pupils to talk through ideas before writing.