South Yorkshire school delighted to win praise from inspectors

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A SOUTH Yorkshire primary school has been rated outstanding after a visit from inspectors at Ofsted.

Barnsley’s Mapplewell Primary has improved sharply since its last check – when it was judged to be satisfactory.

The Greenside Avenue school has 275 pupils aged three to 11 and has nursery and reception classes.

Inspectors found that, although their standards when starting school were generally well below average, pupils achieved outstandingly well at all stages as they moved through the school and progress was excellent.

Attainment in reading, writing and mathematics was above average, and the children’s writing was imaginative with many examples of confident use of punctuation and grammar.

The inspectors said: “Outstanding teaching is a major factor contributing to pupils’ exceptional progress.

“Teachers have a razor-sharp focus on pupil progress.

“Parents are positive about the progress their children make in school.”

They said that, as well as the teachers’ excellent subject knowledge, teaching assistants were used well, while pupils were praised for their behaviour and positive attitudes towards learning.

Hilary Galvin, headteacher, said: “Pupils, parents, staff and governors are all delighted Ofsted has recognised Mapplewell as outstanding.

“We will continue to work together to ensure standards are maintained and pupils receive the high quality education they deserve.”

Coun Roy Miller, chairman of governors, said: “The governors are delighted by the results.

“Our pupils have again shown how determined they are to improve their education with their hard work and determination to achieve the highest of standards.”

n For the full report, see www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/131949