Unwanted Ofsted hat-trick for Darfield

A THIRD Darfield school has gone into Special Measures.

But staff at All Saints C of E Primary say they are confident of a swift recovery.

The small school – which has an above-average quota of special needs pupils, was pulled up for low attainment – particularly in English and maths.

Weaknesses in teaching and governance of the school were highlighted – which the report said allowed kids to fall behind their capability.

But pupils’ behaviour was seen as good and they developed well socially, added the report. And parents were very positive when asked for their judgements on the school.

Acting headteacher of four months, Courtenay Walls, told the Times that new strategies are in place, but need time to show progress.

He said: “We have had staffing issues and the headteacher has been on long-term sick leave, making things more difficult.

“But we were aware of and are addressing the issues raised by Ofsted.”

Mr Walls said a report from the Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools (SIAS) body accompanied the Ofsted one, adding: “it was much more positive, classing us as good in many ways, including meeting the needs of learners”.