Doncaster primary school is top of the class with ‘good’ rating

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A Doncaster primary school is celebrating after receiving a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted.

Hatfield Sheep Dip Lane Primary School, Dunscroft, was awarded the rating after an inspection last month.

Pupils were said to be making good progress and the teaching quality was good, resulting in improving standards.

The school received an ‘outstanding’ rating at its previous inspection, but despite its ratings drop, it still remains one of few Doncaster primary schools to gain a positive rating.

New tougher regulations were introduced by Ofsted in September 2012, which saw 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 two ratings, ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’.

Ofsted inspectors complimented staff, saying the headteacher Mrs Parish provided very strong leadership and teaching assistants provided excellent support for pupils of all abilities.

Mrs Parish said: “I am extremely proud of our team and feel privileged to work with the children who are amazing and Sheeptastic.”

Ofsted also complimented the pupils, saying that they are ‘good in lessons and around school and were keen to learn’.

The school received a ‘good’ rating in all areas; behaviour and safety of pupils, leadership and management, quality of teaching and achievement of pupils.