Danum Academy on the road to recovery

Headteacher Rebecca Staples.
Headteacher Rebecca Staples.

A Doncaster school placed in special measures due to a lack of achievement and a high number of absences and exclusions is on the road to recovery.

Ofsted inspector Tanya Harber Stuart visited Danum Academy in May and found the Armthorpe Road facility was making reasonable progress since being marked down in September last year.

She said that the proportion of students expected to achieve five A* to C grades at GCSE, including English and mathematics, is expected to rise this year, and students are making more progress in more lessons.

However, she added: “There are a considerable number of lessons where teachers’ expectations of what the students can do are low, and activities are mundane and do not challenge the students.”

The number of fixed term exclusions has fallen significantly, and the school is working with other agencies to improve students’ behaviour.

Headteacher Rebecca Staples (pictured) said: “We are very proud of what we have achieved so far and it is pleasing that HMI recognised this. Our progress represents a huge amount of work by our committed members of staff, the determination of our pupils to try their best, and our supportive parents working in partnership with us.

“We are expecting our best results yet this summer, and will start in September on the next phase of our continued development offering our young people a caring environment in which they can succeed.”