‘Inconsistent’ school is equipped to improve

Pupils from Denaby St Albans School attend a course to learn about Chinese language and Culture. Picture: Dave Vickers
Pupils from Denaby St Albans School attend a course to learn about Chinese language and Culture. Picture: Dave Vickers

A HEADTEACHER says her Doncaster school is well equipped to improve after inspectors criticised teaching as ‘inconsistent’.

Ofsted says St Alban’s Catholic Primary School, in Denaby, requires improvement, although it rated pupils’ behaviour and safety as good.

Its report states: “The quality of teaching is inconsistent across the school. It is not good or outstanding in enough lessons so that some pupils make less progress than they should.”

It added most pupils made expected progress in English and mathematics, but too few made good progress during their time at the school. Pupils’ English and maths were improving but below average.

The school has recently changed its curriculum.

The report said leaders at all levels did not check the school’s work well enough to bring about improvements.

The school was praised for pupils enjoying school. In lessons where teaching was good, pupils made better than expected progress.

It praised headteacher Jo Ayres’ leadership, stating she had managed staffing difficulties well. Pupils’ spiritual and moral development was good.

Ms Ayres said staff and governors were pleased the inspection agreed with the school’s self evaluation.

She said: “Inspectors acknowledged the significant challenges faced by the school over the past four years and found the difficulties to have been well managed by the headteacher. The school team is now well equipped to address the areas for improvement, which include consolidating the newly developed curriculum and ensuring there is a sharing of best practice within school, now a more stable staff is in position.”