School responding well, say inspectors

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Government inspectors say leaders at a Doncaster school have responded well after being told they must improve.

Inspectors told Sterling Primary School, Hyde Park, that improvements must be made after an inspection in March.

Now, in their first correspondence to the school since that report, they have described senior leaders and governors as taking effective action to tackle the areas they highlighted.

An open letter to the school from schools inspector Amraz Ali stated: “The action plan includes all of the areas which were judged to require improvement and identifies clear success criteria. Although the proposed actions are appropriate on some occasions there is confusion between actions to bring about improvement and what is in fact checking on their impact. Some arrangements for checking on the implementation of improvements are evident and a detailed programme of monitoring over the term drawn up.”

But it said high pupil turnover continued to be a significant factor for the school to overcome in order to secure good achievement for all pupils, but a promising sign was rising attendance.

The main Ofsted report had rated the school as requiring improvement. Its previous report three years previously had described it as satisfactory.

All the categories were rated as requiring improvement apart from the behaviour and safety of the pupils, which was rated as good.

It also said the quality of education was continuing to improve, and there was a growing proportion of teaching that was good or better, including consistently outstanding teaching in year six and some excellent teaching in the reception class.