School is ‘inadequate’

Willow Primary School. Picture: Marie Caley D2647MC
Willow Primary School. Picture: Marie Caley D2647MC

A school which has been one of the most successful in Doncaster has been slated in a report by Government inspectors.

Willow Primary School, on Alston Road, Bessacarr, was rated as inadequate by Ofsted.

The report published this week warns pupils’ achievement, teaching, and the curriculum is inadequate, and leaders at the school have not dealt with a fall in standards and weaknesses in teaching with enough urgency.

It says pupils are not shown how to improve their work, and standards in English and maths fell sharply in 2012. But pupils behaved well in lessons and the relationship between staff and pupils was good.

Headteacher Yvonne Buckley said: “We fully accept the areas for action highlighted and are determined to respond to these.

“In response we have already consulted with parents and pupils, improved lunchtime activities and implemented a new data tracking system.

“Both staff and governors would like to reassure all associated with the school that we will improve.”

Doncaster Council children’s services director Chris Pratt, said: “We are working closely with Willow Primary School to offer both the support and challenge needed to bring about rapid improvement.”