Upturn in standards at school

Councillor John Mounsey. Picture: Marie Caley D3263MC
Councillor John Mounsey. Picture: Marie Caley D3263MC

EXCLUSIONS are up at one of Doncaster’s biggest schools as it has adopted a ‘zero tolerance’ policy on bad behaviour, say inspectors.

Outwood Academy Adwick has been given a clean bill of health by Ofsted, two years after it came out of special measures.

Noting the exclusions, the report said pupils understood the need for an orderly society and the penalties incurred for misbehaviour.

A strong emphasis on rewards does balance the firm approach, it added.

Inspectors assessed the school as ‘satisfactory’.

John Mounsey, chairman of governors at the school which has 1,163 pupils, said it was the first Ofsted report the school had received since the organisation had got tougher in its inspections.

He said: “It is a credit to the staff and the Outwood family, as well as the students at the school.

“I think this report shows we are moving in the right direction and at a faster pace.”

It was the first time the school, in Windmill Balk Lane, had been inspected since it become an academy.

The report said the school showed signs of improvements in achievement in core subjects despite being below the national average. Senior leaders recognised improving progress in English and maths was an urgent priority.

Extra support has been provided by staff from other academies within the trust, and, as a result, improvements in both English and maths were evident.

The school has been asked to raise attainment urgently in both English and maths.