A Doncaster primary school is celebrating after receiving top marks from government inspectors.
St Oswald’s CofE Academy has been classed as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted – the only one of the authority’s 12 primary academies to receive the highest rating.
It was the first time the school in Silver Birch Grove, Finningley, had been inspected since it became an academy in September 2012.
When its predecessor, Finningley CofE Primary, was last inspected by Ofsted it got a good rating.
In its latest Ofsted visit all pupils were said to be making rapid progress and were reaching standards that were well above national average.
Teaching was of a consistently high quality and teachers had an ‘excellent subject knowledge,’ leaving pupils ‘very well informed’, inspectors ruled.
Standards in mathematics and reading were also found to be ‘particularly impressive’, with some pupils achieving levels which far exceeded expectations for their age.
When observed, they were ‘highly enthusiastic about their learning and showed great interest and determination,’ the report said.
Headteacher Russell Hall said: “I am thrilled for the children and the staff because they work incredibly hard and this reflects the long hours they put in. They have got the recognition they deserve.”
The top rating means that St Oswald’s is one of few Doncaster primary schools to gain a positive rating from Ofsted.
New tougher regulations were introduced by Ofsted in September 2012, with schools which were previously rated as ‘satisfactory’ rated as ‘requires improvement’, and schools only being given one working day’s notice before inspection.
It also became harder to receive the top ratings, ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’.
The school was ‘outstanding’ across the board.
Categories included quality of teaching, behaviour, safety of pupils and achievement.