Outstanding Ofsted for Doncaster primary school

Teacher Amy Woodward pictured with year five childre. Picture: Marie Caley.
Teacher Amy Woodward pictured with year five childre. Picture: Marie Caley.
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A Doncaster primary school is celebrating after receiving top marks from government inspectors.

St Oswald’s CofE Academy has been classed as outstanding by Ofsted - the only one of the borough’s 12 primary academies to receive the highest rating.

It was the first time the school in Silver Birch Grove, Finningley, had been inspected since it became an academy in September 2012.

When its predecessor, Finningley CofE Primary, was last inspected by Ofsted it was given a “good” rating.

In its latest Ofsted visit all pupils were said to be making rapid progress and were reaching standards that were well above national average.

Teaching was of a consistently high quality and inspectors said teachers have an “excellent subject knowledge,” inspectors ruled.

Headteacher Russell Hall said: “I am thrilled for the children and the staff because they work incredibly hard and this reflects the long hours they put in. They have got the recognition they deserve.”

The top rating means that St Oswald’s is one of few Doncaster primary schools to gain a positive rating from Ofsted.

New tougher regulations were introduced by Ofsted in September 2012, which saw schools which were previously rated as ‘satisfactory’ rated as ‘requires improvement’, and schools only being given one working day’s notice before inspection. It also became harder to receive the top two ratings, ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’.

The school was classed as ‘outstanding’ across the board. Categories included the quality of teaching and the behaviour and safety of pupils.