Delight at academy over praise from inspectors

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ONE of Doncaster’s new wave of primary school academies has been praised by education bosses for providing a good education.

Auckley School, on School Road, has been an academy since 2010, and provided some outstanding teaching according to Ofsted inspectors who have just filed their latest report on the school.

Bosses at the school are delighted with the report, rating it as good in all categories.

Chairwoman of governors Rebecca Milner said: “We were thrilled with the outcome of the school’s inspection.

“The report rightfully acknowledges the hard work, dedication and commitment of the staff. This is a report to be proud of and parents and governors certainly are.”

The report says Auckley is a welcoming and friendly school where pupils are very safe and happy.

The great majority of parents were found to like the school and be pleased with its results.

Pupils make good progress and, overall, they achieve well. They all make at least the progress they should in English and mathematics.

But progress in English was outstanding because the majority of pupils made more than expected progress, in much higher proportions than found in most primary schools.

Children in nursery and reception classes made good progress in all areas of learning as a result of good teaching and activities.

Teaching was mainly good and sometimes outstanding. It was often expertly planned and staff found effective ways for pupils to learn and to enjoy achieving.

Teachers’ good subject knowledge was found to give many lessons a sharp focus and high expectations that led to pupils’ good or outstanding progress, said the report.

Pupils behaved well and had a good regard for each other.

Leaders, including the board of governors body, were an ambitious and effective team driving improvement.

They set high expectations for the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement, the report added.