Doncaster school requires improvements

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A Doncaster school requires improvements according to Ofsted, following a visit in November.

And despite the progress at Hayfield Lane Primary in Auckley being described as ‘uneven’, government inspectors said the leaders, staff and governors know exactly what needs to be done in order to make this a good school.

The 190-pupil school’s new headteacher, Louise Tempest, took up her post in September, and the Ofsted report states: “There has not been time for the new senior leaders to implement all their plans for the school.”

The report also said: “Teaching is too variable and not enough is good or outstanding.

“Work is sometimes too hard or too easy for particular groups of pupils.

“Less able pupils are not always provided with suitable resources to help them learn.”

However, the school was reported to have a number of strengths including that children’s learning gets off to a quick start in the nursery class. Progress is also accelerated during Years 5 and 6.

A further strength is that pupils are learning to judge how well they have learned and how they can improve their work, teaching assistants often make strong contributions to helping pupils to learn, and pupils are happy in school and feel safe.

Most pupils behave well during lessons and at playtimes and bullying is uncommon.

“The headteacher has quickly gained an accurate view of the school’s performance,” the report says. “Detailed plans mean other leaders, staff and governors know exactly what needs to be done in order to make this a good school.”

Mrs Tempest said: “I’m pleased Ofsted recognised good and outstanding teaching in our school. Hayfield Lane is a happy, friendly school with children at the heart of all we do. We are now focussing on the progress our children make each year and have recently implemented exciting new initiatives to inspire and motivate, which was recognised in our inspection. Over the next term we look forward to seeing the positive results of these changes and building on them further to ensure Hayfield Lane is rated ‘good’.




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