Merged school is ‘inadequate’

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A Doncaster primary school has been placed in special measures after the first Ofsted since it was created last year.

Adwick Primary School has been told the quality of teaching and achievement of pupils is inadequate.

The school was set up as a primary school in January 2013 when Adwick Park Junior School amalgamated with the previous Adwick Washington Infant School. There have been a number of staffing changes at all levels since the school was established, including a new headteacher and senior leadership team.

Inspectors said pupils were not doing well enough in reading, writing or maths.

They also noted not all teachers had high enough expectations of pupils or plan work well enough to match pupils’ varying needs and abilities.

Behaviour in some year groups was not good enough

Inspectors said change was taking place and senior leaders had the ability to make further improvements.

Headteacher Sharon Hutchinson said: “It has been a challenging year. A lot of hard work and determination has taken place to secure improvements which has resulted in positive change. This has been noted by Ofsted. Although there are still challenges ahead, we have a strong improvement plan to continue making rapid progress.”

Eleanor Brazil, director of Doncaster Council’s children’s services, said: “It is encouraging that the report recognises improvements already made and the capacity for further progress. We will continue to support and challenge staff and governors at school.”