Ofsted upgrade for improved Doncaster school

Pupils at Bentley New Village Primary School, which has been upgraded by Ofsted
Pupils at Bentley New Village Primary School, which has been upgraded by Ofsted

Staff and pupils at a Doncaster primary school have plenty to celebrate after it was upgraded by education inspectors.

Bentley New Village Primary School has been officially categorised as a ‘good’ school – two years after inspectors had told staff that it must improve.

The latest report, by lead inspector Christine Millett from education watchdog Ofsted, praised both children and teachers at the 297-pupil school on Asquith Road.

In her report, Ms Millett said: “The quality of teaching is good. Lessons engage pupils in their learning. Pupils participate readily in lessons and benefit from good quality questioning.

“Good quality teaching is having a significant impact on achievement for all pupils throughout the school.”

However, the report did warn there were occasions where the level of challenge for the more able pupils was not great enough.

The report also praised teaching assistants, describing them as skilled and providing valuable support for pupils in classrooms, in small groups, or one to one.

Pupils’ behaviour was described as good and supported good achievement.

They had confidence in staff to help them with any difficulties experienced.

Ms Millett said senior leaders were ‘dedicated and determined’ and the school was well placed to improve further.

However, she said there was still work to do, saying too few pupils made more progress than expected, because teachers’ expectations of what could be achieved in lessons were sometimes too low.

Her report also said pupils needed to take more care with presentations, there were inconsistencies in marking and attendance was too low.