School told it must improve

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A Conisbrough junior school that was judged satisfactory previously by Ofsted inspectors, is now said to be ‘requiring improvement’.

The notice for improvement at Morley Place Junior School was given across all categories following an inspection by education watchdogs in March this year.

But despite the concerns raised in the report, inspectors also noted several strengths, that included recognition that the head, senior leaders and governors know the steps required to improve teaching and speed up learning.

Pupils feel safe and secure in school.

However, key criticisms were a lack of good teaching so that pupils can ‘achieve well’, a need for work to match pupils’ capabilities, and a lack of regular opportunities for pupils to build up essential literacy and numeracy skills.

Behaviour in lessons ‘is not always good’ said the report, and not all teachers have high expectations.

Pupils’ progress is not checked closely enough. Fewer pupils than the national average reach higher levels of attainment.

The school has 218 pupils and was last inspected in 2009.

The school’s headteacher, Alan Littlehales, was unavailable for comment as the South Yorkshire TImes went to press.