Joy as Denaby school is praised by inspectors

St Alban's celebrate acheiving a good Ofsted report. Picture: Andrew Roe
St Alban's celebrate acheiving a good Ofsted report. Picture: Andrew Roe

Effective action is being taken to improve a number of key areas at a school that was a cause for concern for education watchdogs.

Ofsted inspectors gave’s St Alban’s Catholic Primary School in Denaby a ‘3 - Requires Improvement’ rating - the second lowest - and highlighted concerns about teaching, pupil achievement and leadership during a previous visit in February 2013.

But inspectors made a follow-up visit in September and praised the school for making improvements in a number of key areas and gave an overall rating of ‘2 - Good’.

Headteacher Jo Ayres said: “The children of our school are always at the forefront of our development decisions.

“This is why we have committed great thought, effort and hard work into implementing and developing an exciting curriculum with an array of wide and varied experiences.

“We are passionate that our children are given every opportunity not simply to grow, but to thrive within a safe environment that puts children’s personal development and wellbeing at the forefront.”

In her report, insp Karen Foster said: “A significant number of pupils make more than the progress expected of them, particularly in the early years.

“The teaching of writing has improved since the last inspection and this has led to better achievement across the school.

“Where gaps in learning are identified, pupils are given additional support to catch up.”

She added behaviour is good as “respect for one another is modelled very well by staff” and pupils are “very excited” about the new curriculum.

In addition, spirituality was described as “strong throughout the school” which leads to “staff and pupils feeling included and part of the school team.”

Progress of early years students was also praised.

However, the school needs to do more to become an outstanding school.

The report stated the most able pupils are sometimes “not sufficiently challenged” by class work.

Teachers also “do not always give pupils clear enough guidance about how to improve their work.”

Insp Foster added senior leaders must give staff more support to ensure they know what they need to do to raise pupils’ attainment.