Standards rise after South Yorkshire school ordered to improve

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A SCHOOL in Chesterfield is no longer under the scrutiny of inspectors after a year of hard work led to improved standards.

Hasland Infant School was given an official Notice to Improve in February last year after Ofsted inspectors said they were unhappy with the progress bring made.

Now the school, on Eyre Street East, Chesterfield, has been judged to be ‘good’ in all areas.

Strengths included good pupil achievement and progress in all subjects, good quality teaching and well organised classrooms and imaginative use of outdoor space.

The pupils’ behaviour and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development was judged to be good, as was the school’s capacity to continue its improvement.

The school’s leadership and management was judged to be good and the governing body had been successful in tightening systems and procedures, inspectors found.

They said lessons for more able pupils should provide a greater challenge, especially in maths, while staff were urged to identify levels of under-achievement even more efficiently.

Headteacher Alison Wain, had been in post just six weeks when the Notice to Improve was given.

She said: “We’re very pleased with the outcome which was a team effort.

“The children love their learning, achieve well and enjoy coming to school – this is a great success for us all.”

Ofsted inpectors visited the school, which takes pupils aged between three and seven, in February 2011 and found its overall effectiveness was ‘inadequate’.