Primay school is put in special measures by Ofsted

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A DONCASTER primary school has been put in special measures after inspectors found it was failing its pupils.

A new head teacher has been brought in at Intake Primary School, and education bosses have given her their backing to turn it around following the critical report.

Headteacher, Helen Broad said: “We accept that improvements are needed in the school to get the best possible outcomes for our pupils and we have already started to vigorously tackle all of the issues highlighted by Ofsted.

“Since starting at the school in January of this year I have already started to make major changes and I am determined that Intake Primary is a school that offers the best quality of education that our children deserve.”

Chris Pratt, director of children and young people’s services at Doncaster Council, said: “We accept Ofsted’s findings and that improvements need to be made. The headteacher has only been in post for a few months and we have every confidence in her drive and ability to turn the school around quickly.”

The report said the school was judged to be satisfactory at its previous inspection, but its effectiveness had deteriorated since then to the point where pupils’ attainment is low by the time they leave and their achievement is inadequate.

The areas for improvement identified at the previous inspection have not been addressed effectively and remain weaknesses. Too many areas of the school’s work lack impact on improvement.

It added Ms Broad had quickly and accurately identified the weaknesses and had made a solid start in tackling them, but there had not been enough time to have the required impact.

The report raised weaknesses in safeguarding arrangements, and voiced concerns over low attendance with too many pupils are persistently absent.

The quality of teaching is inadequate overall, although some was some was good.