Top Doncaster school faces improvement call

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A high flying Doncaster secondary school has been told it needs to improve after a visit by Ofsted inspectors.

Ridgewood School, one of Doncaster’s most successful in recent years, was marked down in several areas after a two-day visit, although its sixth form was described as outstanding.

A report produced by Ofsted inspectors said: “This is a school that requires improvement.”

It added areas that needed work include pupil achievement, quality of teaching, and leadership and management - although the behaviour and safety of pupils was good.

The inspection in September also found fault with standards of maths and English, and said although the school was improving in maths, not enough students were gaining the highest grades in GCSE English.

Inspectors added progress in the subjects required improvement.

But headteacher Chris Hoyle said: “I would hope people will contrast the numerous positives in the main body of the report with the ‘broad brushstroke’ negativity of its bullet point conclusions set out at the start.

“In particular, I would hope the acknowledged excellence is recognised of post-16 development, and the other areas of management and delivery that have been subject to fundamental and widespread change since 2012.

“Nonetheless the judgement stands and is substantive. As the main body of the report acknowledges, the issues within it are being addressed through current plans and changes in staffing, deployment and practice.”