Troubled school given glowing Ofsted report

AN OFSTED report has praised Mexborough School for making “good progress” - just a year after being placed into special measures.

The school was in such turmoil last year that Doncaster Council decided to suspend governors’ powers and take control of operations.

This came after Ofsted inspectors ruled students make poor progress because “teaching, the curriculum, and care, guidance and support are all inadequate.”

But staff and pupils were celebrating this week after a glowing Ofsted report, praising the school for making improvements in a number of areas.

Ofsted inspector Jan Bennett visited the school in February and noted the progress students are making is “accellerating” and a high number are expected to gain A* to C grades in English and Maths.

Pupils are also better behaved and “more respectful” to each other and adults.

The inspector praised staff and said: “Good teaching now outweighs that which is satisfactory by a significant margin.”

The headteacher, Mirjam Buhler-Willey, and her management team were commended for “driving improvements at a well-judged pace.”

Pupil attendance has improved, but is still below average, the report said.

In a letter to parents, Ms Buhler-Willey said: “We are pleased with the judgements but are not complacent recognising that there is still a considerable way to go before we can say that the improvements made are sustained and embedded.

“Even more importantly, that a cultural change has been achieved such that all adults who work together for the benefit of young people – parents, staff and other professionals - have the highest expectations of students and an unshakeable belief that all students at Mexborough School can achieve and deserve the very best we can give them.”

She added that the school hopes to be moved out of special measures before February 2013.

The school is set to become an academy in September 2012.