Ofsted boost for school labelled ‘good’

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A DONCASTER school has been given a boost with a glowing report from Government inspectors,

Highwoods Primary School, Mexborough, is a ‘good’ school, which is improving, according to the latest Ofsted report.

Pupils achievement, behaviour, teaching and leadership were all praised as good during the inspection, which took place at the end of September.

This good rating – the second highest – compares to the school’s previous Ofsted in January 2011 when it was rated as ‘satisfactory’.

Diane Dunn, headteacher, said: “We are very pleased with the report, it is one we are very proud of.

“The pupils, staff, governors and parents have all worked very hard since the last inspection to make improvements and we will continue to do so.”

In the report, lead inspector John Dunne said the overwhelming majority of pupils made good progress in numeracy and literacy, teachers plan lessons well and teaching is generally good.

Mr Dunne praised pupils for their good behaviour, and added that the headteacher and deputy at the school worked well together and have high expectations of pupils.

He said pupils behaved well in lessons and around school.

They said they felt safe and bullying almost never happened in the school.

Excellent relationships in lessons created a climate which promoted pupils’ learning well.

But the report did identify two areas needed for improvement to transform the school into an outstanding performer.

It said marking is not always strong enough to accelerate pupils’ learning.

Also, a number of older pupils have gaps in their understanding of some basic skills because of disturbances to their learning in the past.