Improvement call at Doncaster school

Campsmount School, Campsall, Doncaster, gutted by fire.   13 December 2009
Campsmount School, Campsall, Doncaster, gutted by fire. 13 December 2009

A school which bounced back after being ravaged by fire has been told by education watchdogs it needs to improve.

Campsmount Academy was destroyed in a huge blaze in 2009 and teachers and pupils had to work in mobile classrooms until a new school was built and opened two years ago.

Now officials from Ofsted have told the school it requires improvements.

Tom Blair, deputy headteacher, said: “The inspection team acknowledged the challenges the school has faced over recent years and how this has impacted upon progress.

“After the fire, the school’s future was in doubt and the community rallied round to ensure that a new school would be built.

“Inspectors recognised that, as a result of the fire and the challenges faced, achievement has not improved as quickly as it would have if the blaze had not occurred.”

The report said students’ achievement was not consistently good and children were not making fast enough progress in English, maths and science.

It also said teaching quality was inconsistent, work was sometimes too easy and that marking was inconsistent.

However the school was praised for its leadership, good behaviour of pupils, good relationships, an improvement in attendance as well as good attainment in history and PE.

Mr Blair said: “We are pleased that Ofsted appreciate the level of challenge we have faced since our last inspection and the fact the school has improved in almost every area, because of the hard work of staff, the positive attitudes of students and the support we receive from our remarkable community.

“It is disappointing, however, that this couldn’t be reflected in our overall grade.”