Doncaster school is told to pull its socks up

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A Doncaster primary and nursery school has been told it needs to improve following an inspection by education watchdogs.

Edenthorpe’s Canon Popham Church of England Primary and Nursery School was told it ‘requires improvement’ following the two-day inspection shortly before Christmas.

Inspectors said too few pupils make more than expected progress, particularly in writing, and as a result achievement requires improvement at Key Stage 2 level.

It also found that across KS1 and 2, pupils, particularly boys, do not improve their writing skills at a good enough rate and that attainment in the skill lags behind reading and maths.

Teaching also requires improvement at the Church Balk school with inspectors reporting that teachers do not always provide work that meets the needs of different pupils, especially challenging the most able pupils.

Teaching of writing requires improvement, along with punctuation and grammar, the report added.

But the inspectors said the behaviour and safety of pupils was good, along with leadership and management and added: “Leaders are having a positive impact and are bringing about good improvements in behaviour, teaching and pupils’ achievement.

“Governance has improved since the last inspection and they are now well placed to hold the school to account.”

The report also found good learning in the Early Years foundation stage, above average attendances, good behaviour and good progress in reading and maths in Years 1 and 2.