School praised over fast speed of improvements

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ONE of Doncaster’s primary schools has received glowing praise from inspectors for its speed of improvement in its latest Ofsted report.

Leadership at Richmond Hill Primary School, on Melton Road, Sprotbrough, was labelled as ‘excellent’, while other aspects were all found to be ‘good’.

Headteacher Jill Foster’s vision, passion and energy were singled out for special praise, for continuous efforts to improve teaching and pupils’ achievements, which the report said in turn has led to Richmond’s quick improvement over a small period of time.

The school’s development plans were viewed as ‘incisive accurate documents’ which deal effectively with any arising weaknesses.

Inspectors observed teaching in 19 lessons taught by 15 teachers or teaching assistants, with two lessons jointly observed with senior school leaders.

“We are very pleased with the outcome of this inspection – it’s a tribute to our school and community,” said headteacher Jill Foster.

Ofsted’s report showed ‘strong’ teaching in English, with pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage making rapid progress with their reading and writing skills.

The inspectors found that, during the lessons, teachers motivated the pupils in a way that helped to develop the children’s love for learning from an early age.

The quality of the overall teaching was deemed ‘good’ which was reflected by exemplary behaviour from pupils within the classroom and in the playground.

Similarly, disabled pupils and those with special educational needs also made good progress with teaching assistants highlighted for providing efficient support to these pupils in small groups when they required additional help.

Pupils’ behaviour was good and youngsters felt safe from all kinds of bullying.

Areas for improvement highlighted in the report included raising achievement in maths so that youngsters make as much progress in the subject as they do in English.