‘Reasonable progress’ at struggling Doncaster academy


A Doncaster school is making ‘reasonable progress’ in its bid to get out of special measures.

Trinity Academy in Thorne was seen to be improving by Ofsted during a monitoring inspection.

The academy was placed in special measures after its inspection in December 2013 and the visit was the second by education watchdogs since.

Maths is still an issue of concern to inspectors, after data showed a picture of likely underachievement in national tests for Year 11 pupils this year.

But it was felt that intervention may have made a difference to outcomes for some children.

There was evidence of gaps closing in both English and maths for boys in this group, although the most able could do better, the report said.

But a more positive picture was seen for Year 9 and 10 pupils, and in sixth form studies, although more girls are achieving high grades than boys, and the discrepancy is a priority for staff.

Teaching quality was ‘mixed’ and leadership ‘increasingly effective’. Nine staff have left the academy this term, with appointments made to all posts.

Ofsted inspector Marianne Young said: “Having considered all the evidence I am of the opinion that the academy is making reasonable progress toward the removal of special measures. The sponsor’s statement of action is fit for purpose.

“Having considered all the evidence I am of the opinion that the academy should consider very carefully if they wish to appoint newly qualified teachers and only to subject areas where appropriate support can be guaranteed.”