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Vow to improve Conisbrough academy standards

De Warenne Academy head teacher Gill Pollard (centre front) with pupils (bottom left clockwise) deputy head girl Danii Taylor, Abigal Street, Bradley Carr, Sam Blakemoor and Luke Hardy after the schools Ofsted report. Picture: Andrew Roe

De Warenne Academy head teacher Gill Pollard (centre front) with pupils (bottom left clockwise) deputy head girl Danii Taylor, Abigal Street, Bradley Carr, Sam Blakemoor and Luke Hardy after the schools Ofsted report. Picture: Andrew Roe

The headteacher of a Doncaster school has vowed to improve teaching standards and pupil achievement following criticism from Government inspectors.

Ofsted gave Conisbrough’s De Warenne Academy a grade three score, the second lowest, in three out of four key areas.

Teaching was said to be “not yet consistently good”, while pupil behaviour and achievement “requires improvement.”

Principal Gill Pollard vowed to tackle the issues raised and claimed the school was already improving.

She said: “We are already tackling the issues which we need to improve on. The school became an academy in 2009 and is well established.

“There was a dip in the 2012 exam results but they improved last year and we expect that to continue this year.”

Lead inspector Marguerite Murphy said: “Teachers do not always ensure that students are challenged more to think for themselves.”

She added some pupils are “less willing to work hard to achieve.”

Pupils’ behaviour was described as still “not yet consistently good” and some fail to reach their full potential.

However, leadership and management was praised as being good, and the principal is a “strong and resilient leader.”

Insp Murphy concluded that while more needs to be done, there is an “improving trend in the quality of teaching.” Ofsted visited on December 6 last year and gave an overall score of three ‘requires improvement’, the same as the previous May 2012 inspection.

 

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