School is ‘good’ - Ofsted

HIGHWOODS Primary in Mexborough is a ‘good’ school which is improving, according to the latest Ofsted report.

Pupils achievement, behaviour, teaching and leadership were all praised as good during an inspection at the end of September.

This good rating - the second highest - compares to the school’s previous Ofsted in January 2011 when it was rated as ‘satisfactory’.

Headteacher Diane Dunn said: “We are very pleased with the report, it is one we are very proud of.

“The pupils, staff, governors and parents have all worked very hard since the last inspection to make improvements and we will continue to do so.”

In the report, lead inspector John Dunne said the overwhelming majority of pupils made good progress in numeracy and literacy. Teachers plan lessons well and teaching is generally good.

Mr Dunne praised pupils for their good behaviour, and added that the headteacher and deputy work well together and have high expectations of pupils.

But the report did identify two areas needed for improvement to transform the school into an outstanding performer.

It said marking is not sometimes strong enough to accelerate pupils’ learning.

Also, a number of older pupils have gaps in their understanding of some basic skills because of disturbances to their learning in the past.