New academy handed ‘good’ ranking in first inspection

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Hayfield School has achieved a good rating in its first Ofsted inspection since it became an academy in 2012.

The Auckley-based school, which is attended by more than 1,100 pupils, has been praised for its good teaching standards, which allow students to make ‘ good or outstanding progress’ in the majority of lessons.

Inspectors said the proportion of students making expected progress is ‘significantly above’ the national average, and that the school had a ‘positive ethos’.

The school has been told that areas for improvement include marking and ensuring teachers deliver lessons that challenge all students.

Headteacher Maria Rock said she was proud and thrilled with the ranking.

Ms Rock said: “The entire report is a celebration of what can be achieved when all within a community work together to ensure young people are valued, cared for and challenged to achieve their true potential. From reading the report you will see that the inspection team had much praise for our school community.

“They were hugely impressed by our fantastic students who they observed as ‘displaying positive attitudes to learning’ and ‘very respectful to one another’. I am proud and thrilled to see the school being rated as ‘good’ with ‘outstanding features’.

“The action points which Ofsted have included in the report have been at the heart of our school development work since last September and we have already seen positive development.”

The school was also given a ‘good’ rating when it was inspected in 2011, before becoming an academy in 2012.

The report said behaviour was good, and there had been no permanent exclusions since the school became an academy.

Fixed-term exclusions at Hayfield are also very low, which inspectors say reflects ‘the good behaviour around the school’.

Ms Rock was also praised.

Inspectors said she had ‘skilfully led the school during a challenging period of change’ and that her steadying influence had ‘ensured students thrive and make good progress’.

Hayfield School’s ‘good’ rating, follows a report from Ofsted which judged over a third of Doncaster’s schools to be failing or require improvement.

Out of the town’s 121 schools, just 21 are judged to be outstanding and 54 have received a good rating.