Pupils thrive in top Doncaster school

Thorne King Edward primary school's head teacher Andrew Buxton celebrates the school's outstanding Ofsted result with pupils.

Thorne King Edward primary school's head teacher Andrew Buxton celebrates the school's outstanding Ofsted result with pupils.

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Thorne’s King Edward Primary School is ‘first class’ according to Ofsted officials following their latest inspection.

The school has climbed from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’, to the delight of the headteacher and staff.

Inspectors who visited last month said in their report: “Pupils thrive in this high performing but very caring school, which is a first class example of its kind.

“Achievement has been rising rapidly for several years. Standards are high by the time pupils reach the end of Year six and pupils have made outstanding progress.”

All aspects of school life - pupil achievement, teaching quality, pupils’ behaviour and safety, and leadership and management - were found to be outstanding.

The report said: “Inspectors were impressed with pupils’ good manners and how polite and thoughtful they were to each other.

“One pupil summed it up by saying, ‘We look after each other so nobody is left out’.”

The school has pledged to continue its great work to make sure pupils’ spelling, punctuation and grammar are even better by the end of Year one.

Headteacher Andrew Buxton said: “This outcome is a result of the unstinting effort and high quality work of the whole team at the school, including both the staff and governors, as well as the ever continuing efforts of the children to always endeavour to do their best while at school and aim for new highs. This would also not be achieved without the support and encouragement of all parents and carers.

“I am very happy and proud for the school to have achieved this accolade which is increasingly difficult because of the very high bar Ofsted now sets.”