Special measures school progress ‘satisfactory’

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A NUMBER of teachers have left Mexborough School since it was put in special measures - but the school is making satisfactory progress, according to inspectors.

Ofsted took action after concerns were raised during an inspection in January over issues including teaching, pupil absenteeism and the progress pupils were making.

But now a follow-up visit carried out at the end of May has revealed inspectors believe the school is making satisfactory progress.

The school has been notified in a letter to the headteacher Mirjam Buhler-Willey of improvements which have been seen by Ofsted.

It stated the chair of governors and a number of members of the board of governors had resigned and a new governing body met for the first time this month.

A number of teachers had also left the school since January and more were scheduled to leave at the end of the academic year.

Some are being replaced and others not.

In the past, the school has had difficulty recruiting maths teachers but an advanced skills teacher was taking up a post in June and interviews for a maths teacher were scheduled.

It said pupils made good or better progress in around half the lessons observed and satisfactory progress in the rest.

Pupils said behaviour had improved. Teaching had improved and over half of the teaching observed by inspectors was good or better.