Inspectors praise South Yorkshire school for achieving 'increasingly high standards'

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A headteacher has been praised by inspectors for 'empowering' staff to be ambitious and achieve increasingly high standards.

Inspectors from education watchdog, Ofsted, visited Norton Junior School, in Norton, Doncaster and judged the school as still being good.

It was the first short inspection carried out since the school was judged to be good in May 2012.

In a letter to headteacher, Adrian Hayes, inspectors praised the leadership team for maintaining the good quality of education in the school.

It said: "You have empowered leaders at all levels which has created greater capacity to improve the school and has inspired leaders to be ambitious and achieve increasingly high standards.

"This creates a feeling of enthusiasm and determination in the whole staff team. Since your headship began in September 2013, you have successfully developed an almost entirely new senior leadership team. Together, you have been effective in delivering continually improving standards.

"Progress for pupils has been broadly in line with, or above the national average in reading, writing and mathematics over time.

"While you acknowledge there are still some areas to develop even further, in particular standards in reading and increasing attainment for disadvantaged pupils, your realistic self-evaluation means there is a relentless drive for improvement and a continued determination to succeed."

Inspectors also found safeguarding to be effective and highlighted some areas for improvement.

Leaders and governors should ensure that the quality of teaching in reading continues to develop so that achievement is as strong as it is in writing and mathematics and that disadvantaged pupils make faster progress so that the difference between their attainment and that of other pupils nationally diminishes more quickly.

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