Top marks for primary school

Celebrating Ofsted success at Southfield Primary School in Armthorpe are pupils Tom Eccles, Rosie Williams, Leo Rudd, Connie Boyd, Ella Middleton, Jacob Coates, assistant head Angela Maltby, headteacher Sarah Cairns and deputy headteacher Nicola Worthington. (Buy this photo D1716TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

Celebrating Ofsted success at Southfield Primary School in Armthorpe are pupils Tom Eccles, Rosie Williams, Leo Rudd, Connie Boyd, Ella Middleton, Jacob Coates, assistant head Angela Maltby, headteacher Sarah Cairns and deputy headteacher Nicola Worthington. (Buy this photo D1716TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

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Staff and pupils at a Doncaster primary school are celebrating after impressing Ofsted inspectors.

Southfield Primary School in Armthorpe received a “good” overall rating after raising standards from the previous inspection.

Speaking about the outcome headteacher Sarah Cairns’ said: “We are delighted with the outcomes of our most recent inspection.

“The success of our school is a real team effort with the leaders, governors, staff, children, parents and wider school community all playing a vital role.

“I would like to thank them all for their contribution to making Southfield Primary the successful school that it is.

“Long may it continue to progress as we work together to achieve the very best outcomes for children.”

Inspectors praised pupils attainment at the end of Years 2 and 6 and the quality of teaching.

The report said “Teaching throughout the school is consistently good, and at times, outstanding.

“Pupils have good attitudes to school. They work hard and behave well. They feel safe in school and their attendance is above average.

“Leaders have improved standards and teaching quality in the school significantly since the previous inspection.

“In lessons, pupils behave well. They pay attention to their teachers, are very respectful and work hard in the classroom. Relationships are good and pupils enjoy working together.”

The school received a “satisfactory” rating at the previous inspection in 2011.

To further improve the inspectors said the teachers should provide more opportunities for pupils to think things out themselves and improve pupils’ achievement in English by making sure that all boys who have the potential to reach a higher level in writing are fully challenged to do so.
It has been a successful year for Southfield Primary who also notched up the best level four result in the borough.

The latest Ofsted inspection took place in September.