Two Doncaster schools told to improve


Two Doncaster schools have been told they must improve after a visit from government inspectors.

Ofsted inspectors who visited Travis St Lawrence CE Primary in Hatfield and Armthorpe Shaw Wood Academy said both needed to raise their standards.

The education watchdog’s key findings at the Hatfield school were that pupils were not reaching high enough standards overall in English and mathematics.

They also found the proportion of its pupils making better than expected progress was too low when compared to pupils nationally.

The inspector said: “The quality of teaching is not consistently good enough to enable all pupils to make at least good progress. Tasks do not always challenge and sustain pupils’ interests.”

In order to improve it was advised that all weak teaching was eradicated and there should be further development of the role of middle leaders so that they are fully involved in checking on teaching and standards and use the information effectively to increase pupils’ progress.

However, the visit also found pupils behaved well at the school, with behaviour rated as good overall and at times exemplary.

The school was found to provide a ‘lively, enriching curriculum’ and is starting to move forward at a rapid pace.

At Armthorpe Shaw Wood Academy in Mere Lane, the inspector found improvement was required in standards reached by pupils by the end of Year 6.

Teaching was not strong enough, particularly at Key Stage 2.

The report states: “Pupils say that while they do feel safe at school, adults do not always respond quickly enough if they are upset or report incidents such as name-calling.

“Expectations of what pupils can achieve in their writing are not always high enough, particularly for the most able.”

Despite this, the school was found to have some strengths.

The inspectors found the quality of teaching was improving quickly; progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage was outstanding; and effective use of the pupil premium was helping eligible pupils make good progress and catch up quickly with others in their class.