Dearne school shows improvement after report

Zowie Norris, Headteacher and Pat Ward, Executive Head at West Melton primary school, pictured with school children as the school is awarded a good OFSTED. Picture: Marie Caley NSYT West Melton Primary MC 1
Zowie Norris, Headteacher and Pat Ward, Executive Head at West Melton primary school, pictured with school children as the school is awarded a good OFSTED. Picture: Marie Caley NSYT West Melton Primary MC 1

A new management team is taking ‘effective action’ to improve a school that was regarded as a cause for concern by education watchdogs.

West Melton Primary School was given a rating of ‘3 Requires Improvement’ - the second lowest - by Ofsted inspectors following a visit in April this year.

Inspectors identified the quality of teaching, pupil standards and behaviour all as areas for concern.

But a monitoring inspection in September praised the new management team for ‘taking effective action’ to tackle the concerns raised.

In a statement, the senior management team, led by executive headteacher Pat Ward, said: “We are extremely proud of the moves we are making towards becoming a consistently good school. We have made several key positive changes. The school will continue to work hard to achieve our goals.”

The report told how the previous headteacher left shortly after the damning report and a new team, led by executive headteacher Mrs Ward, was in place.

Insp Bernard Campbell said: “The pace of change has increased because leaders from other schools have provided clear direction and helpful models of different approaches to leadership, management, teaching and learning. “

His report praised Mrs Ward for carrying out ‘immediate changes to improve the leadership, management and organisation of the school.’

Prompt action was also taken to tackle weaker teaching through additional support, monitoring or a change of role.

An action plan was also put in place to improve the ‘consistency and quality of lesson planning and delivery.’

Insp Campbell said the learning environment has been tidied up and the school is better presented, with new signs and classroom displays, which ‘provide practical guidance for pupils’ learning.’

Teachers from Wath Secondary School have also bee drafted in to provide help with the delivering of teaching in science, modern languages and sport.

Though praising leadership for introducing measures, insp Campbell said these new ways of working must continue as it was “too early” to judge their impact. He added Ofsted are likely to visit again.