Good times at Swinton primary school after glowing Ofsted report

Vicky Helliwell, Headteacher, pictured celebrating with pupils afterthe school receives a good Ofsted report. Picture: Marie Caley NSYT 23-03-15 Fitzwilliam Ofsted MC 1

Vicky Helliwell, Headteacher, pictured celebrating with pupils afterthe school receives a good Ofsted report. Picture: Marie Caley NSYT 23-03-15 Fitzwilliam Ofsted MC 1

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An education watchdog has praised a Dearne primary school for making improvements in a number of key areas.

Swinton Fitzwilliam was rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted inspectors - the second highest possible mark - which improved on their previous report in 2013 which stated the school ‘Requires Improvement’.

The latest visit highlighted leadership and teaching as being of good quality, while pupils’ progress was also said to have improved.

Headteacher Vicky Helliwell, who recently took over at the school, said: “The staff have worked extremely hard to bring about the rapid improvements.

They are dedicated to providing the very best education for our children.

“We always knew we were a good school, Ofsted confirmed that for us.

“We know what we need to do to become an outstanding school and the work has already begun.”

Inspector Fiona Dixon said pupils are “making rapid progress because they are regularly challenged to extend their learning.”

She praised “dynamic” management for bringing about “rapid improvement” and said teaching is “typically good with some that is outstanding.”

The school must improve early years pupils’ writing skills and boost achievement in English for Year 6 students to become an ‘Outstanding’ school.

Ian Cunningham, chair of governors, said: “When we recruited Vicky we knew the journey to good was going to be a long hard journey.

“The results are here for all to see. Well done to all staff and governors.

“Here’s to the next journey to ‘Outstanding’.”