Dearne special measures school is on way up


A school in special measures has been found to be improving by Ofsted inspectors.

The education watchdogs visited Rawmarsh Community School over two days in February and have released a report that concludes that the school is making ‘reasonable progress’ towards the removal of special measures.

Rawmarsh Community School has plans to become an academy and to develop a sixth-form facility from September this year, linked with its partner school at Wickersley.

In this third monitoring visit since the school was placed in special measures just over a year ago, inspectors judged a higher proportion of teaching as good than in October last year. Teaching assistants and learning mentors were also seen to be making more progress with lower ability students, those with special educational needs and vulnerable students.

But some aspects of teaching still require improvement, with more targeted work to meet students’ needs and wider debate opportunities. Students need to be challenged more in science, they found.

Recent Year 11 assessments show the school to be on track for a marked improvement in both GCSE English and maths this year, with more likely to gain five GCSEs at grades A* to C.

Over all, students were seen to be making better progress as a result of better teaching.

Pupils’ behaviour is also improved and there is a ‘very significant’ lift in attendance.

Leaders in the school have driven improvement in achievement, teaching, behaviour and attendance, said the report. The school was told it may appoint newly qualified teachers for September 2014.