South Yorkshire primary school is praised for raising standards

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A South Yorkshire primary school has been praised by inspectors for continuing to improve standards.

Inspectors found that Todwick Primary, in Todwick, Rotherham continues to be a good school.

They found that the school has maintained and improved on its quality of education since the last visit by Ofsted inspectors in September 2014.

A letter to headteacher, Sue Oakes, said the leadership team at the school has been further strengthened and these staff have 'quickly become instrumental in continuing the rate of improvement'.

Mrs Oakes and staff have tackled areas of development that were raised at the last inspection, such as improving the learning of phonics and better meeting the needs of the most able pupils.

A new curriculum and approach to delivering it has been implemented, which ensures learning for pupils is 'active and exciting'. Particular emphasis has been placed on learning outside, which has included the introduction of a forest school.

The letter also praises governors, who are found to be well informed about school life and challenge and support the school to ensure improvements are continuous.

Pupils were praised for their good behaviour and inspectors found that learning is rarely interrupted by disruptive behaviour. Safeguarding was also found to be effective.

The letter, from inspector Jo Sharpe, added: "Pupils enjoy and want to come to school and parents and carers recognise the importance of regular attendance and supporting the school in instilling high standards of behaviour.

"Consequently, rates of attendance are consistently high."

Inspectors did highlight some areas for improvement. Leaders and governors should ensure that reading resources are made available to pupils that more closely match their needs, and that there is more rigour in the recording of minor behavioural incidents.

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