Primary school ordered to improve by inspectors

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A Doncaster primary school has failed to make the grade following a visit by inspectors.

Inspectors have rated Thorne Brooke Primary Academy, in Thorne, as requires improvement - a step down from its previous inspection when it was found to be good.

They found that since the previous inspection in 2011 there had been many changes in staff and leadership which has restricted the pace of the school's improvement.

Inspectors also found the quality of teaching varies across classes and year groups.

Progress for the least able students was also found to be low, particularly in reading, and the most able children are not reaching the standards of which they are capable.

Their report highlighted that disadvantaged pupils are not making sufficient progress and in early years there are limited opportunities for children to deepen thinking and extend learning.

It also said the governing body has not checked closely enough on learning progress and how well additional funding is used to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils

However, inspectors did find several strengths at the school.

The headteacher and senior leaders know where change is required, and there are new systems in place to check on the quality of teaching and as a result this is beginning to improve.

Staff also receive good support and are keen to develop their practice.

Pupils were praised for their good behaviour which gives a calm and orderly atmosphere around the school.

Executive headteacher Sarah Hall said the report is a fair picture of the overall effectiveness at the school.

She said: "The report identifies areas for improvement but also shares the positives, especially with the way we have developed children's behaviour and the effective relationships we have worked hard to establish.

"Since the last inspection there have been so many changes, at school and in education itself. Last year was the first time the new curriculum was tested and our Key Stage Two children did not achieve as we expected them to in their SATs tests.

"The staff at Brooke continue to try and provide the best opportunities they can and we know what we have to do to get better. This is a strength; leaders know what needs to be improved and are already making necessary changes to make these improvements happen.

"Working together, with children, staff and parents, we will ensure Brooke's children continue to thrive and will strive to be the best we can be."