Doncaster school in ‘special measures’

Teacher Linda Pickles with reception class youngster Lewis Msson, aged four.This room had to be refurbished following the floods.
Teacher Linda Pickles with reception class youngster Lewis Msson, aged four.This room had to be refurbished following the floods.

A Doncaster school has been put in special measures with inspectors warning teaching is not good enough.

Scawsby Rosedale Primary School was graded as inadequate in the report which was published this week after an inspection was carried out in June.

It also rates leadership and management as inadequate, along with the quality of teaching and achievement of pupils.

It also says the behaviour and safety of pupils needs to be improved.

But the provision at the school for early years pupils is rated as good.

The school is now looking to formalise a planed partnership with another school to help bring about improvements.

The report warns that leaders and managers have not tackled issues that were identified during the previous inspection of the school, which had rated is as requiring improvement.

It states: “The new headteacher has worked very hard to bring about the necessary improvements. However this has proven very difficult because although senior and middle leaders are committed and hard working, most are very new to their roles and so largely do not have the necessary esxperience or expertise.”

It warns the curriculum at the school is fails to meet the need of many pupils because it does not promote high levels of achievement.

The report goes on to warn that as a result of inadequate teaching over time, pupils in key stages one and two were underachieving in reading, writing and mathematics.

Expectations of pupils were too low in many classrooms.

It goes on to add that the most able pupils underachieve , and rates of progress have been too inconsistent.

But the early years teaching at the school was praised in the report, with teaching consistently good at the level in the school.

It stated of the proportion of early years children reaching a good level of development was above average in 2014.

Headteacher, Linda Pickles, said: “All leaders at school recognise that there are improvements that need to be made and that these improvements have to be made rapidly. All staff and governors are committed to improving and accelerating the pace of change.”

Chiarman of governors, John Rees, added: “We are pleased the inspectors noted that ‘the new head teacher has worked very hard to try to bring about the necessary improvements’ and that the school is ‘about to formalise a planned partnership with a local school’. School leaders have welcomed that support as they feel that the additional capacity that a partnership brings will ensure rapid and sustainable improvements.

“The school is also proud of the Early Years provision which ensures children get ‘off to a good start’ in their learning and that the school’s curriculum has been recognised as effectively supporting ‘pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and helps prepare them for life in modern Britain. Pupils are helped to show tolerance for those of other faiths and cultures and to understand the importance of democratic processes and the need for mutual respect’.”