School put on failing blacklist

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A BARNSLEY primary school has been placed on the failing blacklist by inspectors after they found its standards of education were unacceptable.

Senior staff and governors at Darfield All Saints Church of England Primary were also found to be incapable of bringing about necessary improvements.

The council is now preparing to install an interim board after removing the existing board of governors.

Inspectors found attainment levels had been low since their previous full inspection in 2008, with test results in English and maths declining – and a dramatic fall in 2010.

Pupils throughout the school were making inadequate progress due to ineffective teaching.

In too many lessons the same task was set for all pupils with insufficient attention paid to the needs of individuals.

There was often no indication that mistakes in spelling, punctuation and grammar had been noticed by teachers or brought to pupils’ attention.

When they moved onto secondary school the pupils were at a disadvantage.

That was because their basic skills were very weak, with their primary education preparing them inadequately for their future lives.

Inspectors felt the governing body lacked the skills needed to effectively challenge senior leaders about the school’s performance.

The school was also judged to not be providing value for money because outcomes overall were inadequate.