School’s English and maths improving

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A DONCASTER school takes good care of its pupils but must improve standards in reading, writing and maths, say inspectors.

Ofsted said St Alban’s Catholic Primary School, on Wadworth Street, Denaby Main, was satisfactory and had experienced considerable turbulence in staffing since the last inspection as the result of staff turnover and some long-term absence.

Pupils told Ofsted they felt safe, enjoyed lessons and adults took good care of them.

The report said children made satisfactory progress and good teaching was observed in all three key stages.

Attainment in English and maths was low but it was improving. Teaching and learning were satisfactory, and both were often good during the inspection.

The report said: “The school has introduced a range of initiatives to improve standards in reading, writing and mathematics, but their impact has been limited.

“The recently appointed class teachers and the associate deputy headteacher are making a good impact, although the monitoring of teaching and learning has yet to show consistently good outcomes for pupils.” It said new staff were helping improve standards.