Seal of approval at ‘good’ infant school

Children from Askern Moss Road Infant School. Picture: Marie Caley D2956MC
Children from Askern Moss Road Infant School. Picture: Marie Caley D2956MC

A Doncaster primary school has been praised by Ofsted inspectors – but teaching and attendance could still be improved.

Askern Moss Road Infant School received a ‘good’ overall Ofsted inspection result.

Leadership and management at the school were praised, as well as the behaviour of pupils, who were described to be ‘friendly and respectful of others’.

“The headteacher has high aspirations for the school and its community and promotes strong teamwork throughout the school,” the report added.

Teachers at the primary school also impressed inspectors with their caring attitude towards pupils.

“The school takes excellent care of its pupils, particularly those most in need,” inspectors said.

“They take prompt action to tackle any form of discriminatory behaviour.”

The ‘good’ result is just one ranking away from a top mark of ‘outstanding’.

But pupil absence and teaching were highlighted as areas that could be improved.

The report stated the school had missed out an ‘outstanding’ rating as ‘teaching is not consistently good and not enough of the teaching is outstanding to accelerate progress further, particularly in writing and mathematics’.

“Occasionally, the teaching focuses too much on pupils completing tasks rather than checking that they understand what they are learning,” the inspectors found.

Inspectors also asked staff to ‘raise attendance by continuing to do all that is possible to make sure that all parents send their children to school every day so that they benefit fully from all that the school provides for them’.

The verdict follows a two-day inspection which took place on June 5 and 6.

The school was marked on four key areas – achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management.

All four areas were judged as being ‘good’ by inspectors.

A spokesman for the school was unavailable.