Doncaster school on track to make improvement

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A Doncaster school, which was placed in special measures just nine months ago, is now making reasonable progress towards improvement, government inspectors have found.

A visit by Ofsted to Kirk Sandall Junior School by inspector Joan Hewitt in July discovered that the school’s action plan had been amended and is now fit for purpose and that it was moving in the right direction.

The December 2013 visit, which was when the Magnolia Close school was placed in special measures, found that leadership and management, including governance, urgently needed improving; and there needed to be a rapid improvement in the quality of teaching so that it was consistently good or better so pupils make good or better progress in reading, writing and mathematics.

The findings of the July visit were reported to headteacher Mr Adrian Bagnall and said: “There has been some modest improvements in the progress pupils make in writing, mathematics, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

“Some pupils are more than a year behind in some subjects. Much of this is due to inadequate teaching over time and has been compounded by staff absence.”

It added that teachers have welcomed the support and training from the Brighters Futures Trust, putting into pracise what they have learned with varying degrees of success.

It also stated that classrooms are bright and tidy and displays are carefully designed to support learning, so pupils refer to them regularly and this helps them to improve their work.

The report added: “Pupils continue to behave well around the school.

“They are kind to each other and play together sensibly.

“They have faith in teachers and other adults to take action if there is any hint of bullying.

“Pupils’ attitudes to learning are improving especially when work is interesting and challenging.”

In conclusion the inspector states: “Leaders have relied heavily on support from the Brighter Futures Trust to set up robust systems to check on the quality of the work of teachers and pupils.

“This has set the stage for the headteacher and his senior leadership team to take full responsibility for these checks and to use the information they gather to secure swift improvement,”