Failing Doncaster school makes progress

Don Valley Academy     Group
Don Valley Academy Group

Work is under way to make improvements at a Doncaster school that was ruled to be ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.

The education regulators carried out an inspection at Don Valley Academy in November, when the standards of education at the school were said to be ‘inconsistent’ and were criticised for not having ‘enough good teaching’.

The school was placed into ‘special measures’ as a result of the inspection.

The ruling meant the school, which has 985 pupils, was regularly monitored through unannounced checks by inspectors.

But Ofsted has now confirmed the school, which caters for children aged between 11 and 18, is now making progress towards achieving some of the changes needed to improve education standards.

Ofsted inspector Chris Smith said in a letter sent to the school: “Broader checks on the quality of teaching are now ongoing and unannounced, which is helping leaders to gain a more accurate picture of what teaching is typically like. As a result of these checks, a small number of teachers are receiving additional support.”

He added: “In the past, inaccurate assessment of students’ abilities meant the work provided for them was not always appropriate.

“Steps have been taken to tighten up on assessment practice and senior leaders now believe assessments are much more reliable.

“Current assessment data indicates rates of progress in some subjects, most notably in English, are improving.”

Mr Smith’s comments follow the first monitoring inspection since the school was rated ‘inadequate’.

An external review of governance at the school was due to take place this month.