Fresh start vow at failing Doncaster school

Megan Scott and Ronan Sherratt at Mexborough School.
Megan Scott and Ronan Sherratt at Mexborough School.

The management team at one of Doncaster’s worst performing schools has vowed to improve standards following a summer of turmoil.

Failing Mexborough School was placed into special measures by Ofsted inspectors in May with management, pupil attainment and teaching all being singled out as under-performing.

There was further cause for concern after exam results showed the number of students gaining A* to C GCSE grades in maths and English was down compared to last year. Meanwhile 88 per cent of AS students got at least one pass – down from 92 per cent last year.

School leaders praised students for their hard work in ‘challenging circumstances’ and vowed to give more support to staff to improve teaching ahead of the new academic year in September.

Deputy headteacher Kate Myers said: “Our headteacher resigned in May and we are going through a period of adjustment.

“Despite difficult times, staff have continued to give unwavering support to our students.

“The necessary steps have been taken to ensure that we make the rapid and sustained improvements needed to take the school forward.

“The number of students joining sixth form in September is still in line with previous years.”

She pointed out that every upper sixth form student gained at least one full A-level pass, while every student in GCSE French gained an A* to C grade.

n Government agencies are offering practical help for Doncaster teenagers trying to decide their future as the dust settles after a fortnight of tension and anticipation following mixed GCSE results.

The Department for Work and Pensions is urging young people to take on work experience as part of their #firstjobs Twitter campaign.

Youngsters are encouraged to visit their nearest Job Centre Plus which can give details about opportunities locally.