Doncaster school’s ‘good’ Ofsted rating

Staff and pupils at Doncaster School for the Deaf.
Staff and pupils at Doncaster School for the Deaf.

Staff and students at Doncaster School for the Deaf are celebrating after an education watchdogs gave them a ‘good’ rating.

Ofsted inspectors visited the Leger Way establishment in January and gave pupil behaviour and safety top marks with an ‘outstanding’ rating.

The school was rated as ‘good’ overall, which is the second highest possible score.

Jane Goodman, deputy head teacher, said: “We are all really pleased to have received such a positive report from Ofsted and have taken a lot from the report.

“It was good to see that pupils’ behaviour is recorded as being of a very high standard and that the very good relationships and ease of communication between pupils and with adults was noted.”

The report recognised the good progress pupils make from ‘expert teaching’ and goes on to highlight effective leadership and management, which ensures that children are taught well.

Inspector Alan Lemon described teaching as ‘consistently good’, and added ‘pupils’ behaviour is of a very high standard’.

He said: “The very good relationships, the ease of communication between pupils and with adults and effective management of behaviour all contribute significantly to the school’s calm, secure and orderly atmosphere.”

The school was rated good across six key areas and follows a previous overall good rating in June 2012.

Insp Lemon said the school could be rated as ‘outstanding’ in the future if it makes improvements in a few areas.

He said: “The checks by leaders and managers on the progress pupils make and on the quality of teaching do not identify sharply enough what must be done to improve further.

“Leaders and managers, including governors, should improve their analysis of the progress pupils make and their checks on teaching so that they can identify more clearly how to drive improvement even faster.”

Bobbie Roberts, chair of trustees, said: “We are all extremely pleased by our Ofsted report which has demonstrated that our dedicated team of professionals have created an environment where attitudes to learning are outstanding.”

The school, which teaches hearing-impaired pupils aged four to 19, is on the same site as Communication Specialist College Doncaster.

The college teaches students with complex learning needs from age 16 upwards and was also rated as a good school by Ofsted inspectors in December 2014.