South Yorkshire school ‘rapidly improving’

Ofsted celebrations at Holy Trinity School in Barnsley
Ofsted celebrations at Holy Trinity School in Barnsley
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A new Barnsley church school has been found to be improving rapidly after its first ever inspection.

Holy Trinity, a joint Catholic and Church of England school which teaches pupils aged three to 16, opened in a new building on Carlton Road in 2012.

It has been rated as ‘good’, with headteacher Simon Barber bringing about much needed improvement across all areas of the school’s work.

Inspectors found he had high expectations and had tackled weaker teaching robustly.

Pupils were found to be making good progress throughout the school across a range of subjects, and systems tracking their work were extremely thorough.

Teachers were planning effective lessons to meet the needs of individual children, while youngsters with special needs were also doing well.

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds were now making better progress and the achievement gap between them and other pupils was narrowing.

Standards of teaching had improved quickly, with most now ‘good’ and some that was found to be ‘outstanding’.

The pupils’ behaviour was consistently good, they were eager to learn and their attitudes in class were almost always exemplary.

Inspectors felt the school was not yet outstanding because teaching was still not always top quality, especially in the primary classes.

The attendance of a minority of pupils was also not as good as it should be.

Mr Barber said the inspection verdict would be used as a platform to help more pupils exceed national averages, in time becoming an outstanding school.