School told it must improve

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A previously ‘outstanding’ Doncaster primary school has been told it must improve by Ofsted officials.

Edenthorpe Hall Primary School has been downgraded following its latest inspection.

In his report, lead inspector Mark Colley said: “Leaders have an over-generous view of the school’s performance.

“In the past, leaders have placed too much emphasis on national averages when setting targets and this has resulted in some targets, particularly linked to progress, lacking challenge.”

Since the school’s last inspection in 2010, there has been a total change in leadership. The current head, Ilona Sanderson, started in May 2012.

However, Mr Colley said Mrs Sanderson has ‘overwhelming support’ from her staff and many improvements have been taking place.

Mrs Sanderson said: “Edenthorpe Hall Primary has a strong school community of parents, staff and governors who are committed to providing the best education possible for our pupils and we have a rigorous action plan in place which is addressing all the areas identified.

“We are pleased the report recognises the many strengths of the school and we will continue to build upon these as we move forward.”

The report found pupils’ behaviour and safety to be ‘good’ and Mr Colley added: “Pupils are well-mannered and friendly. They are happy to talk with adults and commented that they enjoyed coming to school. Their behaviour in and around the school is never less than good and this ensures that the school is harmonious.”